When Importing Sperm, Brazilians Insist on White Donors, Preferably with Blue Eyes

When Importing Sperm, Brazilians Insist on White Donors, Preferably with Blue Eyes

November 6, 2018 0 By NewsTakers

But are people’s uses of assisted reproduction technology only telling us about subversion or could they also indicate the ways in which powerful structures of domination are entrenched in our societies?
The report details the information on foreign human semen use from 2011 to 2016 and shows that 95 percent of the demand was for samples provided by Caucasian men.
The color of the donor’s eyes was also an important factor for the importers: 52 percent preferred donors with blue eyes, followed by brown (24 percent) and green (13 percent).
The profile of the donors who received the largest number of requests show a slight variation: They are either blond Caucasian with blue eyes or blue-eyed Caucasians with brown hair.
The racist structure that governs our society unmistakably establishes that power, privileges and inherent capacities go along with the color of your skin.
Whiteness is the normative racial identity here, and being a white person places you in a position that, throughout your life, systematically gives you privileged access to material and symbolic resources.
Also, the idea of moral and intellectual superiority – which is at the heart of “race” as a colonial construct to justify subjugation of indigenous and black people in the Americas – is deployed, up to this day, by white Brazilians to explain why they earn more money, live in the best neighborhoods, occupy the highest positions in both the market and the state, among many other advantages they enjoy.
While such a pact does not place barriers to the establishment of everyday relationships between whites and non-whites, hence our “racial democracy”, it reinforces, in every instance, the idea of white superiority that legitimates the privileges that we white people enjoy.
One of such mechanisms were the state policies deployed at the turn of 19th century, when the abolition of slavery became an inevitable fact and hundreds of thousands of black people would become citizens.
In only about 30 years, 2.1 million European migrants were allowed in the country, a number equivalent to that of the black people forced into Brazil as slaves during nearly 375 hundred years.

I didn’t want to just have a one-night stand and trick someone into being a father who didn’t want to be a father. It was the moral aspect, really, for me.

In only about 30 years, 2.1 million European migrants were allowed in the country, a number equivalent to that of the black people forced into Brazil as slaves during nearly 375 hundred years.

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