Re: Cloning

From: Brian Phillips (
Date: Mon Mar 12 2001 - 09:21:32 MST

Re: the recent wash of cloning news.
 Boy if I still smoked I'd make a big cup of coffee and light a cuban
in satisfaction.
  This sort of news only reinforces my determination to
have the sort of family I really want, rather than settling
for the standard model.
  Twins I think. Yeah.
  Boy I have a lot to do yet. lololol
  which raises an interesting issue (and I invite comment
from the ladies as well)
 What does it do to the psychology of the privileged
male to be able to fundamentally and completely
divorce the reproductive functions of the female
from the emotional/sexual portions of the usual
male/female dynamic...
 without in any way sacrificing the father's own
genetic continuity?
  For instance...
 A certain sort of female I find sexually attractive...
this type seldom overlaps with the type I
would prefer to mingle genes with.
  Neither of these types is usually congruent with
the ideal for child-bearing (in a gestational sense)
and often (for a variety of reasons) for
the "nurture/caregiver" role as well.
  The "bon vivant waif" of lust is not (usually) the neurosurgeon
or physicist whose genes are ideal. The girl genius
usually has a career, not ideal for a full time mom
(understandably so). The fashion plate often has
 But when the professional male can pick a womb
and a nanny (possibly in the same body) without
choosing a bedmate or a genetic mother in the same
 How does THIS change the game?
 Doesn't it seem consistent with the paring down
of family size, paring down from tribe, to extended
family, to nuclear family....?
 What comes after the nuclear family?
sometimes life is so damn cool!

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