Thursday, April 12, 2007

No Men Need Apply

And the job? Propogation of the rest of the human race.

The article says "soon" but I'm betting "now." Wait for it, fellow babies! Remember those news stories about having three parents on the birth certificate? Start getting used to the idea of only one parent!

"I don't think there is an ethical barrier, so long as it's safe."

I don't think "ethics" is a viable barrier, either. Ethics is always going to be somebody's subjective opinion, and that opinion is going to be based on personal biases, be they pro or con. The only concern should be safety.

"We are in the process of applying for ethical approval."

Why apply for approval, "ethical" or otherwise? It's always easier to obtain forgiveness (if you really need it) than permission (which you will almost never get). If you can do it, go ahead and do it, dammit! Announce the results after the fact!

The biggest obstruction to this as a method of propagation is that all the progeny will be female. Yeah, I know we all start out as female, but those of us who are destined to become male have this handy-dandy little y-chromosome (or the why-not chromosome, according to some harried girlfriends) that the girls don't get. But that's an easily solved option, too. If you want a boy, just use bone marrow from a male donor.

Reminds me of The Good Doctor's bawdy filk, Clone Of My Own. But I digress.

Seriously, if this thing flies, it very well could be the answer to a lot of current problems. For the most part (no, not all), it would solve the problems of abortions. Most women would have to go deliberately out of their way to get pregnant. Abortion clinics might be able to go out of business. They might turn their talents to becoming conception clinics, instead. The anti-choice crowd would have to find a new target to foam against. What...these conception clinics would be the new targets? Oh, you could be right!

Another problem solved is one of gender selection. Just think -- no more gender lottery! No more biting nails worrying that the latest quackery "guaranteeing" your choice of gender might not work (not to doesn't).

And deliberate pregnancy would (dare I hope?) possibly lead to licensed parenting. In order to get implanted, a woman might have to be screened, as per any other optional proceedure. Maybe even her partner/boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife might get screened, too. This would do two things, I think: guarantee a wanted child, and almost guarantee a well-raised child.

"A White Paper on genetics suggested that artificial gametes produced from the ordinary "somatic" tissue of the body may be banned from being used to fertilise human eggs by in vitro fertilisation."

Banned? Are they serious? Banning anything just creates a black market for it, yafuckinidiots! If this is really a viable method of procreation, and if the people deem it to be desireable, nothing in the world is going to stop it. Government drones might as well take steps now to license and control it, because as sure as someone said that god made little green apples, it's gonna happen.

And what happens to all the men? don't think men are going anywhere, do you? Not while there's still beer to drink, hockey games to watch, and flatulence to be farted.


Blogger Tim said...

Women always said men were useless... guess they were right...

Thursday, April 12, 2007 8:00:00 PM  
Anonymous stageleft said...

I read that article earlier and scratched my head wondering what the male role would be in a society that didn't need our sperm, then it hit me.... good old fashioned sex is always gonna be a heck of a lot more fun than bone marrow extraction.

At the point that we become "unnecessary", us beer drinking, hockey watching, fart producing, males will finally achieve luxury status - hasten the day I say, hasten the day :-)

Friday, April 13, 2007 9:14:00 AM  
Blogger geo said...

hoho.. only those of you beer drinking, hockey watching, fart producing, clicker hogging, clothes dropping, direction refusing males... who know how to pleasure a woman will achieve luxury status.

The rest will be lucky if they are permitted to take out the trash:)

Monday, April 16, 2007 8:47:00 AM  
Blogger Dez said...

Are you kidding? Unless we get a lot more female rampage shooters, or serial rapists, or [insert violent crime here], there is a strong possibility that being male will eventually be made illegal!

We have already begun the process of trading our freedom for "security". How long before someone figures out the simplest way to cut down on violent crime is to get rid of all the men?

Go ahead, laugh. It may not happen in our lifetimes, anyway. But it will happen...

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 11:38:00 PM  
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