Concerning Straight Dope article:
New Scientist recently had an interesting article on the difficulties with parthenogenic birth, which bears some relation to the question posted by the reader.
One interesting bit was the concept of a biological arms race between the sexes, with certain genes being activated by sperm, and counteracted by the egg.
This seems to be due to a difference in goals between the woman and the man.
The sperm selects for a maximum use of the woman’s resources, the egg tries to keep that in check.
Without the balance provided by the sperm’s side of the DNA, the resulting girl (if this technique were ever to produce successful results) would probably not survive.
Of course, if this whole battle between the sexes hadn’t ever started, this problem with overcompensating wouldn’t exist.