Semen as Gift, Semen as Goods: Reproductive Workers and the Market in Altruism

  title={Semen as Gift, Semen as Goods: Reproductive Workers and the Market in Altruism},
  author={Diane Tober},
  journal={Body \& Society},
  pages={137 - 160}
  • Diane Tober
  • Published 1 September 2001
  • Economics
  • Body & Society
This article examines how perceptions of what semen is thought to contain affect its value as a marketable product. I explore how donor altruism, intelligence and ethnicity traits thought to be transmitted in sperm are perceived and transacted among representatives of the sperm banking industry, as well as among women who purchase semen for insemination and show how the linkages between the reproductive industry and the sex industry further heighten the commodity-quality of semen donation. I… 

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