Let’s talk about sperm

Not a favorite subject of mine, me being a dyke and all, but an important one. Some blog I was looking at mentioned in passing that there is a “sperm shortage” – in sperm banks, that is. Intrigued, I googled it.

The Sperm-Supply Problem

There’s a shortage of sperm in Britain! Apparently, Britain needs donations for about 4,000 women per year; to reach that number, about 500 sperm donors per year are required, while only 300 are currently registered. Things were fine until 2005, when a law was enacted allowing children of sperm donors the right to discover the identity of their father at age 18; simultaneously, the number of women who could use the same donor’s sperm was limited further.

Britain faces sperm shortage, calls for donors

LONDON – Britain is facing a sperm donor shortage after reversing confidentiality laws and limiting the number of women who can use sperm from one donor, fertility experts warned Wednesday.

Britain in 2005 changed the law protecting anonymous sperm donors and allowed children to learn the identity of donor fathers — one reason, fertility experts say, there are fewer donors now.

“The only countries that seem to have enough sperm are those that pay — like the U.S. and Spain — or the countries that retain anonymity,” said Allan Pacey, a member of the British Fertility Society that warned of the shortage in the British Medical Journal.

Swedish Sperm Shortage Shocker

First they blame lesbian couples for using up all the sperm, which struck me as weird as we should be almost the only people using such services aside from straight couples where the man is sterile, which isn’t all that common. (Not that I don’t understand why that isn’t the case.) Then:

On top of that disappointing news, there is more to this cake wreck. Apparently in Sweden once a sperm bank child gets to that magic age of 18, he or she can legally locate donor-daddy.

That puts a crimp in the donation pool.

The icing on the cake? Electricity issues that regularly unfreeze the poor little swimmers and a high rate of um, those donor contributions that can’t swim. Perhaps back-up generators to address both issues should be in the budget?

Sperm shortage forcing women to Internet for donor

A shortage of Canadian donor sperm could be prompting women and their partners to turn to the Internet to find free donors, but that doesn’t make it healthy, or even ethical, say experts in fertility and reproductive technology.

Fertility experts suggest reforms to overcome sperm shortage

The authors cited the removal of donor anonymity in April 2005 – allowing children to trace their donor parent once eighteen – as a key causal factor for the shortage. Donor anonymity is optional in the US and many experts there believe this is why they do not have a sperm donation shortage.

Modern Medicine Solves World Sperm Shortage (Satire)

And besides, is it really a scientific breakthrough to accomplish what every 12-year-old teenage boy does automatically in his sleep? The creation of sperm, after all, has been happening for as long as anyone can remember, and I don’t recall any sperm shortage public protests or United Nations warnings about the world running out of sperm.

The article goes on to cite serious information about the causes of male infertility.

I’ve ranted before about sperm donors being hit up for child support. I don’t think any of the articles I looked at mentioned that as a reason, though the related issue of donor anonymity was raised repeatedly. See, ladies, you’ve made both marriage and fatherhood, even via sperm donation, so unprofitable for men that they won’t even jack off for you. I hope that men will take Roger Devlin’s advice: “A man must insist on nothing less than a legally binding promise to love, honor, and obey him before “consenting” to give a woman a baby.”

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10 Responses to “Let’s talk about sperm”

  1. randian Says:

    They don't mention child support because it doesn't fit the preferred narrative, and because it wouldn't do to educate their male readers about that risk.At least in the US, no sane and knowledgeable man donates sperm if he can't be anonymous. Sperm is a strict liability item, if a woman gets pregnant by your sperm she can hit you up for child support, even 18 years after the fact, even if she stole the sperm or raped the "donor". That child support is retroactive to the birth of the child, plus the cost of college today, plus additional payments to as late as 23 years of age if the child attends college. If the child can break the donor's anonymity, enough men will be destroyed by this that the entire sperm donor industry will go down the tubes. Feminists don't care about the consequences of their preferred policies, so long as they only see men getting hurt. So long as some women are "helped" today, the women who are hurt in the future because they can't have a baby are invisible.

  2. Phoenix Says:

    That's an excellent essay Roger Devlin you linked to, thanks.

  3. Jeff Y. Says:

    Heh. You've written the most succinct and accurate description of the problem I've ever read: "See, ladies, you've made both marriage and fatherhood, even via sperm donation, so unprofitable for men that they won't even jack off for you."

  4. globalman100 Says:

    Men who donate sperm are brain dead idiots. The 'state' will come looking for 'child support' real soon now.Men have realised this and they are keeping their sperm to themselves. Men have always been and will always be the all powerful gender because women don't do much of anything except what they are told to do by men.Tough luck ladies….there will not even be any sperm in sperm banks soon….pretty soon women are going to suffer the fate of all outmoded technology….discarded to the scrap heap of history….I am keeping a close eye on things and women are fast becoming redundant. They serve no useful purpose other than creating babies….and we do not need nearly so many of you to do that…and with prostitutes being able to satisfy about 10 men per prostitute? You women are about to find out all about 'redundancy'.

  5. Deborah Says:

    Why don't these people just adopt? There are plenty of living, breathing children desperate for a home outside of the cruel joke that is foster life. I hope this shortage of sperm will result in an increased adoption rate.

  6. Julie Says:

    I read that they have found an 'easy' way to use one eggs to fertilise another. And that this technic will be aviable in few years…And since it's female to female DNA you only got girl. The female supremacist dream!

  7. Marcel Says:

    Women are likely better off with sperm from known donors. Biology is destiny – do you want a child with the genes of a narcissist?(Disclaimer: Not all sperm donors have personality disorders. I mention this to avoid flame wars with "beta" males who argue like stereotypical women.)

  8. Female Misogynist Says:

    Phoenix, Roger Devlin is one of the most brilliant thinkers in the MRM. He has a few more essays linked in my sidebars. I should probably make him a sidebar of his own.Deborah, I could not agree more.

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  10. Kinderling Says:

    Roger Devlin's musing about sex are as shallow as a libertarian discussing the freedoms of the addicted.Watching Big Brother on E4 (UK TV Channel) tonite a resident was coaxed by BB to pour sand in one person's bed so another may be rewarded with fine bed linin.He confessed to the group what in secret he had been tasked, but no one grasped that it would not him who would be under suspicion but the person who received the new bedding. He could never confess afterwards, because of the anger and conflict aroused.So it is with sex. We are not divorced from our truthful instincts of produce genetically healthy children (pheromonally driven) who will be educated and protected in childhood (intelligence and emotional maturity driven).You have to spray musk and be impressed that you like the same music to get past this.Only those who have sacrificed what they consider to be their own shortcommings to invent a new personna are able to go on to live a faux conscience of lust and me-me compatability-seeking, who end up revealing after the night before they are like brother and sister, or sister and sister. "I just want you as a friend". An infantile charade with the sands of time pouring away living the paracitical relationship of a Goth that needs more and more self-cutting for a sense of life if it is ever going to endure.If you don't find yourself, other's will find you.

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