Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My daddy is a celebrity

A couple of year's ago the study, "My Daddy's Name Is Donor" was released, delving into the experiences of children who were "donor-conceived."  Many of the stories are heartbreaking, as they share their challenges with feeling produced for their parent's sake, instead of loved for their own sake.  Many share a strong desire to know their father, to know where they came from.

Now, a group in the United Kingdom is preparing to open a "celebrity sperm bank," where women can choose an anonymous man with a celebrity status to become the father of their children.
Mr Richards said: "Our vision is to help women give their children the very best chance in life.
"To be able to harvest potential from the global gene pool, rather than from the more limited selection of the men she comes into direct contact with, is a major evolutionary leap for women.
"Our aim is to provide excellent levels of medical care in a supportive and nurturing environment. We will offer a range of top quality celebrity surrogate fathers whose contributions are exclusively available at our fertility clinic.
"Whether it is talent on the stage or pitch, having a world beating voice, or just being very beautiful, Fame Daddy will have the perfect celebrity surrogate daddy."

Does Dan Richards of "Fame Daddy" think he's doing these future children a real service?  Or is it the women with whom he's more concerned?  If the website, and its corresponding quiz that helps "girls reach for the stars," is any indication, I'd say the focus is on Mom, which means, unfortunately, that the focus is largely on money.  

How did we get into the business of buying and selling babies?  

Just when we think there can't possibly be anything more to the craziness of our world right now ... 

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