From the Globe & Mail:
In the new Canadian film The Baby Formula, opening later this week, two lesbians become pregnant using sperm derived from each other’s stem cells.
The premise of the mockumentary may be fictional, but with the speed at which stem cell research is evolving, could same-sex human reproduction one day become reality? And should it?
Scientists have already taken the first baby steps toward realizing this brave new, and some would say controversial, world of conception.
Possible? Eh, not really. Will some variety of this be possible in the future? Yes. The near future? Unlikely. But, wow, if this tech had been real 40 years ago, I’m pretty sure I’d be a mother (or a father–oh, dear, how would one parse all that?). I wouldn’t have been able to resist the lure of gene mixing with the beloved. God, I’d probably have six children. A whole alternative life has flashed before me. Aaargh!! Must now go drink a gallon of tea and eat chocolate or my brain will fly into teeny tiny pieces…
9 thoughts on “women fathering children?”
One of the greatest gifts of my kids is that I see my husband in them. (I like to think he feels the same way about me, but he might just groan on their behalf.)
But I've worked with a lot of kids over the years and I know I could adopt and love a kid just as much as if I borned them myself. Having any kid put their entire faith and fate in your hands…there's nothing like it.
But it's not the be-all, end-all. I know, I'm a heathen mother. But the be-all, end-all moment for me was when I realized I'd found my person, my mate. And I even think that can happen more than once in a life time. So no regrets, just happiness for whatever life we chose. I do sometimes find it sad how many couples I know who would make FABULOUS parents choose not to pursue it because of all the difficulties involved. For what it's worth, I suspect you would have been a great one. :)
A KellyNic baby would have been fabulous. It probably would have total control of the house and of both of you. The genes are too strong for it not to be that way. :-) Heck, I haven't even managed to find a permanent partner in the land of temporary girl friends. If I had that plus having children too – I would probably turn into one big rainbow of everything.
ssas, I think I would have been like that girl with the curl: when I was good I was very, very good, when I was bad I was horrid…
steadycat, no no, only one god per house :) (I mean Kelley, of course)
this has been on my mind for years. such an option would seriously make me rethink what i've always thought to be the most responsible option: adoption. i think i would selfishly want to combine genes with my spouse to see what genius we could throw into the world.
Hey, that's neat, a friend of my father directed that film (she's the lady in the middle). I ran into her a couple of weeks ago, and apparently the film has been super well received in festivals and even won a few awards. Wonder how it will fair with a “mainstream” release…
I am on team selfishly combine genes in a special cocktail! Tick-tock, doncha know?
Not that this applies to you and Kelley, of course, but have you heard the story about the actress who asked Bernard Shaw to father a child by her, so that it would have her looks and his brains? “Alas, Madam,” Shaw replied, “with my luck it would have my looks and your brains.”
Why do you suppose so many parents like to play God to their children? Shape their beginnings, build their future, choose their mate and mates, and then pretend they are only doing it for “their own good.”?
mordicai, whatever it takes.
promiscuous, yep, I've heard that one–it has a Churchillian ring to it…
rhbee, I don't know, but sometimes I think the parents are utterly persuaded that they *are* working in the best interests of the child. That's the scary part.
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