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donors who are willing to donate
to you if you are lesbian or
single. Every single State
regulates differently and this is
something that needs fixing.
This book encompasses many
viewpoints -- lesbians, single
women, heterosexual males.
Why the inclusion of the far
I didn't want to write a tract. I
wanted a book that encompassed
a wide range of views
thoughtfully and thoroughly.
Having said that there's 27
chapters and only two are from
Mary Hogan raised the
question of frequently used
anonymous sperm donors
creating half-siblings within a
It mainly happens because there
are a limited number of donors
for lesbians. It's homophobia in
action because if people actually
allowed all donors to donate to
lesbians we wouldn't have the issue so
much. Once again it's about regulation and
Ruth McNair criticises Julie McCrossin's
concerns regarding the apparent lack of
awareness of lesbian parents of the
Of course there's going to be schisms,
that's the point of writing a book like this.
There needs to be public debate. As long as
we come down to the fact that we're
dealing with homophobia and we're
looking after our kids, let's open up debate
not close it down. These issues cut to the
core of people's primal feelings. Personally
I think that lesbians should be allowed to
create the families they want and need to
create and that we totally care for our
children's best interests.
How do you feel about the way lesbian
mums are used politically?
The fact that lesbians are constantly used to
bolster conservative arguments about the
downfall of the family disturbs me because
I don't want to be heterosexual. I don't
want to spend my whole time going: my
family's as good as theirs or better. I just
want to have my child and my life and the
difference that entails. Difference should be
encouraged. What are we threatening? Who
are we threatening?
What challenged and delighted you in
dealing with this material?
Our contributors were so courageous. For a
lot of people it was the first time they'd
spoken publicly about all sorts of stuff and
they did it with great bravery and humour.
What I think is important is that you don't
have to have shame about he families you
make or how you make them. Many of
these people weren't writers, so we worked
hard to turn their chapters into something
that was lovely to read.
Watching your son grow up is there
anything you would have done
What I think about him is: that's the child
that was meant to come to me. I don't
necessarily think that at 3am when he's not
letting me sleep, so yes there's hundreds of
things I would have done differently. And
no, none at all. e
Sperm Wars edited by Heather Grace
Jones and Dr Maggie Kirkman is
available from ABC shops and selected
book stores, $32.95.
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