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The Future of Sperm
Posted July 20, 2010 to photo album "The Future of Sperm"
The reproductive technology at the heart of The Kids Are All Right is, as Joel Bleifuss reports, part of the wild and wacky history around artificial insemination.
Slide 4: The Old Family Scandal
In line with Catholic dogma, many puritanical Protestants in America viewed sex-for-pleasure, not only as a sin but a waste of vital energy. Semen was a product to be strictly controlled. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, a Seventh-Day Adventist, brother of the breakfast cereal maker and anti-masturbation crusader, wrote that “neither the plague, nor war, nor small-pox, nor similar diseases, have produced results so disastrous to humanity as the pernicious habit of onanism." Between 1856 and 1919, the U.S. Patent Office granted inventors received 49 patents for anti anti-masturbation contraptions—14 for men and 35 for horses. The metal restrainers on the right and left were to be worn beneath the underwear, while the device on the left was designed to wake the sleeper in the event of a nocturnal erection.