Donor insemination in Israel: Recipients' choice of donor

Y. S. Carmeli, D. Birenbaum-Carmeli, I. Madgar, R. Weissenberg

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OBJECTIVE: To study the physiognomic preferences of Israeli Jewish recipients of donor insemination. STUDY DESIGN: Donors were "scaled" by both their general popularity and their popularity among single women and married recipients. Following this procedure, the donors' physiognomic features were analyzed and interpreted in terms of Israel's sociopolitical system and the influences of the media. RESULTS: The preferred donor was an educated Ashkenazi Jew who was about 180 cm tall and weighed 72 kg, with straight, light-brown hair and light-colored eyes. This profile deviates from the average features of Israeli men, who are significantly shorter and heavier. The recipients' preferences were noticeably homogeneous, with relatively minor differences between Oriental and Ashkenazi recipients. CONCLUSION: The recipients' preferences reproduce Israel's class system, in which the Ashkenazi section is dominant. They also are influenced by the media and adopt prevailing body images.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)757-762
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of reproductive medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Insemination, artificial, human donor
  • Israel
  • Jews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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