Re: baby making machines?

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Tue Jul 18 2000 - 17:26:22 MDT

"Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:
> On Tue, 18 Jul 2000, Bill Douglass wrote:
> > I wrote:
> > >The gap between our perspective of making copies of ourselves
> > > and intermingling them and the individuals in China who are
> > > buying baby making machines is rather stunning.
> >
> > Robert- (or anyone else who cares to respond)
> >
> > What are you referring to here, when you mention "baby making machines"?
> >
> Sorry, Bill, sometimes my humor/rhetoric gets a bit obtuse. I was
> refering to the practice of kidnapping women so you could get them
> to grow children (presumably more males). Aparently when the
> article was written the M:F ratio in China was about 120:100,
> so some men have to resort to paying kidnappers to obtain the
> future mothers of their children.
> Though I have heard that the Japanese are working on an artificial
> womb, so that option may be developing as well.

This is intersting in that many SF writers have in the past assumed that
the appearance of artificial wombs would result in elimination of the
male gender, when it seems now like it will be the reverse.

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