BRAZIL WANTS WHITER, BLUE EYED BABIES IN RACIAL MARKET
Markets are funny things. Supply and demand. Fluctuation. Demographics. It’s how the world works. But some commodities are pretty surprising. Take what’s happening in Brazil, for instance. The last seven years has seen a big change in what’s in demand in Brazil. And what sperm is that? American sperm. Semen imports have jacked up from the United States. But where is the demand coming from? Single women and lesbian couples. What are these Brazilian women looking for in American sperm? Blue-eyed, light skinned kids. The situation is getting some attention, especially as it signals a new way of thinking about market motivations. This market is all about racial identity, combined with history. There is a market to make Brazil more Aryan. But it’s not what you think.
ARYAN NATION? OR IMPORTS ABOUT POST SLAVERY CULTURE?
Brazil is now one of the fastest-growing importers of semen in the last several years, according to Michelle Ottey. She’s the laboratory director for Virginia’s Fairfax Cryobank. It’s a large distributor. But it’s the largest semen exporter to Brazil. Back in 2011, 16 tubes of imported, nitrogen frozen semen were imported to Brazil. But last year, that number rose up to 500. That’s a huge growth. But what’s driving this demand for American, fair-eyed and fair-skinned sperm? The answer is a little disturbing, if not to white supremacists the world over.
BRAZIL SEES WHITE AND BLACK AS CLASS IDENTITY
Prejudices in Brazil are evidently quite deep. So much so that everyone wants a “pretty kid.” But pretty means as close to the Aryan mold as possible. Fredrik Andreasson is the CGO of the Seattle Sperm Bank. They send about 25 percent of Brazil’s sperm imports. He said, “The vast majority of what we have and what we sell are the Caucasian blond-haired, blue-eyed donors.” But more than 50% of Brazilians are black or of mixed ethnic heritage. That’s due to Brazil’s having brought in more than 10 times the number of slaves from the African continent as the United states. Unfortunately, social class and skin color remain closely related in Brazil today. So much so, that importing a “better” class of sperm donor is now the rage for women who can afford it. It appears that racial politics will continue to dictate a great deal. Even sperm demand.