What Really Goes on in Starbucks Bathrooms

Posted: October 15, 2011 by jerkmag in VICES -- sex, drugs & alcohol
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The title says it all: “Meet a ‘donorsexual’ on the web—and he’ll service you anywhere.” Artificial insemination was first developed for human use in the 20th century, and rose in popularity during the 1970s. Although women having trouble conceiving have used AI, it is not usually associated with an online underground community.

There are several online forums and “members-only websites for women seeking sperm—and men giving it away.” It’s similar to regular sperm banks, but you get to know the name of the donor, the conceived children can contact the men in the future, and they don’t get paid. When I read about this, I thought “well…that’s different…”

I can’t say I actually know how to react to all the details of such a process, but it’s kind of amusing to think about the places listed by the women in the article for where they met these donors. The place that made me laugh the most was a Starbucks bathroom. It just seemed so amusing to think about the things we don’t realize are happening around us when we’re in a public location like a coffee shop.

It is crazy to think about the potential for incest though, with the number of men that donate sperm. What if the guy or girl you hook up with in college was an AI baby that you’re related to and you never knew? That’s a whole other issue to contemplate though. For now, just think about what’s really going on in those public bathrooms.

-Erin Elzo

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