Interested in learning more about egg and sperm donation and how it affects the lives of those who donate? Yale sociology professor Rene Almeling spent four years interviewing staff members at egg agencies and sperm banks in different parts of the country and talking with donors about their experiences. Almeling’s findings on the gendered marketing of reproductive donations are especially interesting. While egg donation is often talked about as altruistic (“the ultimate gift”), marketing for sperm donation is focused on getting paid. When asked about the difference in framing, Almeling says, “I think the answer can be found in our gendered cultural stereotypes of women as nurturing caregivers and men as productive breadwinners. There is a sort of 1950s-era gender stereotyping that plays out in the brave new world of assisted reproduction on a daily basis.”

What do you think? Is this true in your experience? Read the full article on The Huffington Post to learn more about sperm and egg donation across America.

 

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