As co-author of a book that featured donated sperm, I can tell you that the prospect of dozens of half-siblings who could conceivably meet, fall in love with each other and unknowingly commit incest strikes a deep, atavistic chord in many people. At readings and events, it was one of the most common questions: “You mean there are no controls on how many children a donor fathers?”
Personally, it doesn’t worry me much. It’s a problem that could be solved by a national registry of donor-conceived children, and is already partly solved by the heroic efforts of a Colorado force of nature named Wendy Kramer, whose Donor Sibling Registry helps such half-siblings identify each other.
But here’s a true sperm-related outrage: Discrimination against red-headed men! Sisters, where is your discernment? Hat-tip to Beth Jones, who pointed out this article in the New York Daily News. Headline: “World’s biggest sperm bank, Cryos, tells redheads: We don’t want your semen.”