Monday, February 4, 2013

Seed, a new TV show airs tonight

An ill-equipped bachelor discovers his foray into sperm donation has resulted in many offspring and finds himself entangled in the lives of his new-found children and their less-than-thrilled families.

I heard about this on the radio this morning, the first episode airs tonight.  I hope it bombs. But somehow I think this is just the beginning of a long line of bad humour made at the expense of real people.

We don't seem to apply any standards to what we will watch if it is labeled humorous. And now children will be the butt of the joke.

As the interviewer spoke with the director Mark Farrell on Talk Radio this am, not once was the issue ever raised of how do the kids feel. The world of sperm donation, fatherless pregnancies, in vitro fertilization, surrogate motherhood - never is the child considered as having any say in this reality.

Does anyone really want to be the product of anonymous sperm with the egg of a woman who just has to have a baby? What kind of world will this be with thousands of such children trying to find out who they are, not just in a biological sense, but in a real existential sense? All of us have to deal with our relationship with our parents as we grow and mature; how are these kids going to deal with this twisted relationship?

Is there any limit to how low we will lower the bar when it comes to sexual relationships? There doesn't seem to be any safe ground from the expanding world of reproductive rights. Once you don't give rights to the child in the womb, there is no stopping what people will do to those little people.

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