What is it about?

New reproductive technologies have the potential to create new understandings of who and how people are related. When donated sperm is used in the conception of a child, a network of potential relationships is produced: between donors, donor offspring, recipient parents, and the parents, partners, and children of donors. I interviewed Danish donors about how they thought about, or 'imagined', these potential relationships.

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Why is it important?

I found that the imagined relationships could produce mixed feelings of pride and curiosity as well as a fear of loss of control, which grew out of the secretive nature of sperm donation.

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This page is a summary of: 'We're not related in any way, only by blood': Danish sperm donors and (imagined) relationships, Families Relationships and Societies, March 2019, Policy Press, DOI: 10.1332/204674317x14896713788707.
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