‘Make a Mom’ responds to backlash over $250 ‘semen-stealing’ kit ads, blames ‘significant misunderstanding’

An artificial insemination site is reportedly flooding X with advertising promoting “semen-stealing” kits that instruct women on how to get pregnant whether a man wants it or not.

This was first reported on 404 Media in December. The Daily Mail is also reporting on the ads. The X account for “Make a Mom,” the Texas-based company running the ads, has not posted new items since last year and it appears that a number of the posts have been made unavailable. It isn’t clear if this is because of legal issues and the company has not responded to the Daily Mail.

Videos showing individuals fishing used condoms out of the trash and poking holes in new condoms are featured in some of the company’s ads. The ads also state that men can get convicted for rape due to similar actions but not women.

One of the captions for the ads brazenly claims, “Making him a dad without his permission.”

“The insemination kit product, which on paper is intended to help aspiring parents struggling to conceive, has hinged its ads on a shocking legal fact – ‘semen-stealing’ is technically not illegal in the US,” the Daily Mail reported.

“For prices ranging from $249.99 to $98.99 USD, ‘Make a Mom’ sells syringe-like intracervical insemination devices, semen container cups, and fertility supplements, but some customers online claim they never received what they paid for,” the media outlet added.

“Make a Mom” was confronted over the ads on X. The CEO of the company asserted that “Make a Mom” values “consent” and “moral integrity,” according to the Daily Mail. The executive claimed the company’s marketing on social media is misunderstood and that it would be subject to review.

“It appears there has been a significant misunderstanding regarding our marketing content and the ethos of our company,” the CEO, who goes by the name Anthony, told 404 Media.

“We take full responsibility for this and are currently reviewing our advertising strategies to ensure they reflect our commitment to ethical practices. Our intention has always been to empower individuals in their journey towards parenthood, but not at the expense of consent and moral integrity,” he contended.

It is very suspicious that the staff of the company are kept anonymous. The company refused to answer questions from the Daily Mail about its ads or claims that its products are a “scam.” There is allegedly no contact phone number and no real way to reach the company.

“An analysis of Make A Mom’s social media marketing habits found that the company had pivoted from a prior tactic of associating itself with left-libertarian gender politics,” the Daily Mail unsurprisingly wrote.

“For months, Make a Mom posted almost exclusively about the benefits of its products for LGBT+ couples,” 404 Media reporter Samantha Cole wrote, “with hashtags like #lgbtfamily and #lesbianmoms.”

After 404 Media posted its story, “Make a Mom” posted an article on its blog titled, “Legal Gray Areas: Post-Coital Condom Retrieval To Get Pregnant.” It called for more “legal and ethical discussion” on the subject.

According to the Daily Mail, collecting semen without prior consent is legal in the US, “A landmark 2005 case in Illinois Appellate Court ruled that discarded semen, be it in a condom or elsewhere, could be construed as ‘a gift’ that outside parties are legally free to use.”

“The case was the culmination of a legal battle between a male and female doctor who had engaged in a sexual affair six years prior. The semen had been secretly retained after an act of oral sex, then used to conceive,” the media outlet wrote. “The male doctor described ‘feelings of being trapped in a nightmare,’ according to coverage by NBC News, and had at one point been compelled by a court order to pay approximately $800 a month in child support.:”

Despite the Daily Mail claiming that somehow billionaire Elon Musk turns a blind eye to such ads out of desperation for ad revenue, that is highly unlikely.

The Left has systematically attacked advertising on X in an attempt to smear the company and Musk. In November, the tech mogul told corporate advertisers in no uncertain terms to “go f*** yourselves” during an interview at the New York Times’ DealBook Summit, incensing leftists even further. Walmart, Apple, and Disney all vowed to pull their advertising from the platform after that.

X has doggedly gone after ad scams and deep-fake AI incidents. It’s an ongoing struggle not of Musk’s making but from those who either are seeking profit by any means or to attack the platform for political reasons.

Bluesky, which is a Twitter clone platform, has also had the “semen stealing” kits ads pop up there, according to the Daily Mail.

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