Surfer Dude, My Little Surfer Dude

| January 18, 2002

Surfer Dude, My Little Surfer Dude: What To Wear To Your Insemination And Other Questions Of Conception, Judith Marr, Brain, Child
When author Judith Marr was a child, she says her family joked that her theoretical husband's name would be Tungsten -- after the metal used in light bulb filaments. Decades later, the 41-year-old Marr, disillusioned by the idea of Tungsten, turns to a sperm bank. While technological advances have made it easier for Marr to become a mother, she discovers that the process of picking a donor is difficult. By paying $5 to read questionnaires from donors and $25 to listen to audio tapes of the men being interviewed, she narrows the field. By paying more, Marr is allowed to ask questions of a worker at the sperm bank studying a photo of the donor. In a 'weird exercise' that 'brings back memories of junior high school,' the worker rates the donor on a scale of one to ten. Marr's pick is an eight, according to the employee, with a forehead 'just like Brad Pitt's.'
--Kate Garsombke
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