i just spent the last hour researching two goals of mine: how i can get a job in antarctica and how i can get pregnant.
and no, i’m not planning on attempting both at once.
though, the antarctic concentration of sperm-producing humans would be rather in favour of such an experiment… and, as a huge percentage of those residents are scientists, they would be what the sperm banks define as desirable donors, because they are university-educated. zomg, i should start an antarctic sperm bank!
but i digress.
as canada does not have a claim to the antarctic, being too busy using people as human flagpoles in an attempt to assert their ownership of the northern regions of the globe, getting a job in antarctica isn’t as simple as it would be if i were american or australian. or, for that matter, russian. the southern polar stations of these countries are associated with government and military operations, and so only their own citizens can be hired as the support workers. the scientists tend to be a bit more of an international crew. however, since i failed all of those science courses at the start of university and ended up becoming a human geographer instead of a biochemist as intended, it’s pretty unlikely that i’d get any sort of skilled research position.
…this thought had me run off for a couple minutes, and i’m back to tell you: there actually are a few academic articles about the social meaning of occupying antarctic space. see, for instance, “Cold colonies: Antarctic spatialities at Mawson and McMurdo stations”, by Christy Collis and Quentin Stevens (Cultural Geographies, Vol. 14, No. 2, 234-254 (2007)). who knew?
at any rate, my background in economic, colonial, and queer geographies hasn’t exactly laid the foundation for studying antarctic society, but i guess it’s possible. however, i’d do far better to follow through on becoming an electrician, and get cold weather experience in the northern territories. that way i could get hired as a specialty tradesperson, with qualifications that could compensate for my lack of appropriate citizenship.
pregnancy might be easier to achieve, but will be a bit more complicated. to be clear, i probably shouldn’t even call it a goal because i’m not craving the actual experience but rather see it as one of several possible routes to having kids. i think it’d be neat, but i also think adoption would be pretty cool too, just differently so. at this point, i’m just figuring out the options, because though i’ve always had this idea that intrauterine insemination with donor sperm would be expensive, i never knew the exact amounts. so, here goes: it’s about $2000 per attempt. that doesn’t sound like much, honestly… until i consider that it might not work the first time. statistically, i’d have an 80% success rate within 6 cycles. yeah. i’m glad this isn’t something i’m dead set on, because if i were i’d be depressed right now, rather than simply sobered.