Creating Female Sperm: The New Thesmophoria

Here’s an interesting podcast looking at attempts to create female semen that references the ancient Greek women’s festival,  Thesmophoria. The posted description says:

“The internet is filled with less-than-mystical portrayals of semen being used to exert power, typically as a tool for men to dominate women. Charlotte Jarvis wants to steal that weapon away from the patriarchy and avail it to the masses.

“She is attempting to engineer female semen as part of a long-term collaboration with research scientist Susana Chuva de Sousa Lopes at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands and the Kapelica Gallery in Slovenia.  As Chuva de Sousa Lopes massages Jarvis’ stem cells into functioning spermatozoa, Jarvis addresses the totemic qualities of semen through a revival of the Thesmophoria, a no-men-allowed ancient Greek festival.

“Host Anita Rao discusses the ethics of disrupting gender with Jarvis, an artist and lecturer at the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths, University of London.”

Have a listen!

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