Human Exceptionalism

Sperm Donor as Human Stud Bull

Isn’t it amazing how often “progressive” human fertility industry practices mimic methods of animal husbandry?

Latest example: The Hollywood Reporter cheerily reports about “23 Hollywood moms” who had children by the same sperm donor.

When Violet was a toddler, Fain took her to a music class, where “two women walked in with two boys about Violet’s age,” she says. One of the boys looked familiar.

Fain went home and checked her Facebook group comprising 15 families who had conceived with her same open donor. (Open donation, in which the donor’s info can be released on the child’s 18th birthday, is a growing trend.) She recalls: “There they were,” just a mile and a half away.

Now they all have dinner every Sunday. “They’re my family,” says Fain. In September, the Facebook group rented a vacation house. “Talk about crazy — there were 12 2-year-olds,” says Fain, who adds: “It’s one of those things that feels incredibly bizarre for half an hour. Then it feels totally normal.”

Then, this story of the death of a stud bull reached my desk.

Atop a wooded hill here in the heart of America’s Dairyland, an industry legend was recently laid to rest.

It wasn’t some milk magnate or a famed innovator, but an ornery, 2,700-pound bull named Toystory—a titan of artificial insemination who sired an estimated 500,000 offspring in more than 50 countries.

Like I said: Isn’t it amazing how often “progressive” human fertility industry practices mimic methods and standards of animal husbandry?

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