Why Egg Donor Agencies Should Stop Targeting Single Women on Dating Sites
6 months ago
Not only is it rude, it's risky business
Over the past five years, the online dating industry has grown from a $900 million business to nearly that of $2 billion—numbers that aren't so surprising when you consider the bevy of television commercials boasting real-life happy couples that claim to have only met because of the Internet.
Whether they're dancing to Natalie Cole's "This Will Be" for eHarmony, or sharing adorably awkward moments over dim-lit first date dinners for Match.com, the pairs are (meant-to-be) proof that you too can find success when searching for love online.
And with as many as 25 million people a month seeking matches online, it's clear the commercials are working.
However, what single women aren't likely expecting when signing up, is to be solicited for their eggs. Yes, of the ovarian nature.
Dating site SugarDaddie was recently duped by an egg donor agency that created fake profiles posing as older men and then, upon making contact with nearly 120 women, propositioned them to donate their eggs to an infertile couple for money.
The site identified the fake profiles after being alerted by members, but it seems founder and CEO Steve Pasternack didn't find the news as alarming as some members did. "Female members are natural targets for egg brokers, since many of them are young, well-educated and physically attractive," he told Female First.
While those qualities are all, of course, coveted, is it fair that single women be solicited simply because of their romantic status?
Relationship expert Jacqueline Nichols, founder of Intuitive Matchmaking LLC, says no.