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DNA Might Be TMI

I have a confession. I absolutely love The Maury Show. Even their hashtag “#youknowyouwatchmaury” cracks me up. All the paternity tests and the drama where people are falling on the floor or in shock because of someone else’s secret is like talk show gold. My eyes are glued to the screen and I’m listening to everything (even when I have work to do) and I realized that there’s something to it that makes me want to watch it. A friend of mine asked me why I watch it and I told him that I appreciate the drama and glad it isn’t my own. I stay pretty drama-free, so at times, my life almost feels boring to me, when in reality, I know it’s not. But the fact is, I don’t have much drama. I have few secrets and tend to live my life out in the open. Over time, this has been the best strategy for me because I can deal with the consequences right then and there. And we all know, the faster you get through the consequences, the faster you can move on with your life. Yes, life can be painful, but remembering that pain is temporary is key. But I digress.

The reason I brought up Maury and the paternity suits is because I came across an article that piqued my interest. It was about how an old theory called ‘telegony’ might be at play when it comes to reproduction. Basically, this theory posits that females who are sexually exposed to various males, those semen molecules will attach themselves to the egg and that if she were to get pregnant, there will be some DNA of those other males and some of their traits may be realized in the offspring.

Now, if you’ve kept up with my Facebook page, you might have seen this article where it states that scientists found that women carry the DNA of their previous male lovers. With that said, there’s some real validity to the doubts that these men have in the Maury show. Maybe they don’t see the traits in their offspring, or maybe they see traits of the other men that she may have slept with. Regardless, now we can seriously take this theory into consideration. Although they haven’t tested telegony with humans, it doesn’t seem to be far off base.

I know I’m getting a little scientific and philosophical, but I want you to think about the current state of your sex life, if you are having casual sex. In my previous blog about casual sex, I asked you a series of questions that you would need to ask yourself if you were engaging in casual sex. Now, I pose this to you (particularly for those with vaginal canals and uteri [one per person]): Would you engage in unprotected casual sex if the potential child had various aspects of your previous lovers? Would you mind if your potential child had some various aspects of your ex that you didn’t like?

I know that these are hypothetical questions, but I think they can help you, especially when it comes to risk reduction and empowering your sex life. If you’re a spiritual person, you might even say that the emotional feelings of your past lovers can affect your DNA and even your offspring if you’re not careful.

On the other hand, maybe sleeping with a lot of people can help to the hybridization of society in some form or another and maybe we can all understand each other better if we each had a little of the same DNA (which is already happening). Or maybe not. But I guess it’s just the beginning of the conversation that you should start with your friends…

Cheers to your sexual success!

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