Thursday, May 05, 2005

Bigotry At Its Best

So, I just read this article on CNN.com about new FDA rules banning men who have had gay sex in the past five years from being sperm donors. It's interesting that the rules are based more on orientation than behavior. A gay man who has been in a non-celibate, monogamous relationship for the past 10 years is banned from being a donor under this rule. However, a straight man who had unprotected anal sex (with a woman, obviously) during a one night stand a year ago is not.

The following quote is rather interesting:
"With an anonymous sperm donor, you can't be too careful," said a[n American Society for Reproductive Medicine] spokeswoman, Eleanor Nicoll. "Our concern is for the health of the recipient, not to let more and more people be sperm donors."

If the concern is truly for the health of the recipient at all costs, the 5 year celibacy rule should apply to all men, not just gay men. Why should the gender of the partner you had sex with matter? Shouldn't the emphasis be on behavior and actions, not orientation? I really just don't see the logic here.

2 Comments:

At 11:35 PM, Blogger *Natalia* said...

Mike,
It is disheartening to see how blatantly ignorant our society can be, even in this day in age. This form of outright bigotry would hardly be tolerated for any other minority group; I don't understand how lawmakers and institutions can still get away with it.

Incidentally, I just went to a sexual assault task force training for law enforcement officers yesterday and learned that there is no such thing as male-on-male or female-on-female "rape" in Indiana. Rape is defined as an act where "a person who knowingly or intentionally has sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex." If a male was sexually assaulted by another male (or a female-on-female), it would be defined as "criminal deviate conduct" but not rape.

It is just sad how we as a society continue to tolerate such bigotry and unfair double standards.

 
At 11:36 PM, Blogger *Natalia* said...

Oh, I am adding you to my links, so it will remind me to check in. :)

 

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