My Daddy’s Name is….. Donor

Nice backside. Horrible movie.

Read here about the children of sperm donors going into life with more problems (I mean here serious problems: identity problems, criminality problems) than the average child.

Of course one shouldn’t believe every study he reads about. Still, this one makes a lot of sense as it is a matter of purest common sense to realise that the child of a woman and some grams of carefully selected sperm might have some difficulty to cope with his situation.

The only surprising fact of such studies is, in fact, that someone should find them surprising. The idea that a child’s genetic code might be selected according to the wishes of the mother whilst the father himself is deemed dispensable is indicative of the blindness of our age and of a society in which the fulfilling of individual desires comes before everything else. The egotism of a mother deciding that a child doesn’t need a father (or worse: of two people of the same sex deciding that they are, hey, “a family” and who thinks otherwise is a lot of things all ending with “phobic”) is the perfect mirror of how the relentless pursuit of individual happiness leads people to absurd decisions without even becoming aware of their absurdities. Of course it may happen that a child is born without a father (in war times or by dangerous professions certainly not an altogether unusual occurrence in the past); but these are unwanted exceptions, not willingly accepted societal changes.

Sadly, this ego-driven mentality (which, as every other ego-driven desire, is never going to give lasting satisfaction) is banalised by the entertaiment industry, with a recent film showing the recourse to a sperm bank as something nowadays rather normal and good for a laugh, rather than for a serious and disquieting reflection.

Hopefully, in a couple of decades this madness will go the way of flower children and disco music.


Posted on July 24, 2010, in Catholicism and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Excellent post, Mundabor. You cover all the angles brilliantly.

    Until the UK changed its laws re sperm donors’ identities, it was an easy way for a university student to pick up a few extra quid a week. A ‘regular’ could do quite well — enough folding money for a night out in those days. (I know how this used to work — no, I wasn’t a donor.)

    These days you have to register more details, and — if I’m not mistaken — your offspring can come looking for you. Consequently, donors have dropped off the books. So, sperm donations are likely to disappear for this reason also.

    • Hello Churchmouse,
      I also think that the terror of being one day sued and declared those who’ll have to pay for a lifetime for the child of whom they are the father will, in time, put an end to such mad experiments.

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