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It still bugs me that in this magical super-science future…. Two woman getting a child is viewed as “not possible” within a normal price range. Sure it’d be easier to do so with a TG change (something that is impossible for the Aki’s hometown until the Dragon Doctors came around) but still just feels out of place to me that somehow there isn’t some other easy way to have two woman have a child that doesn’t need the male and female parts that could be easy on the wallet too. (I assume the pricy stuff still is around and in theory possible to be done but I’m talking about an easy & cheap plan-b for those that don’t wanta do it by genderchange or something)
Maybe the “pluck DNA out of one woman’s cells, implant it in the other’s eggs, and slap onto the uterine wall” method doesn’t work because “DNA going into an egg” is close enough to sperm that its masculine energy gets sucked out. Maybe they haven’t even thought about that method for a VERY long time (a previous age, perhaps) and the usual method for same-sex parenting is to create a homunculus that grows into a human who shares the parents’ traits, and is legally considered adoption. Heck, maybe it’s illegal to use fertilization methods aside from good old-fashioned “throw some sperm up there and pretend to the government that you didn’t do it on purpose” unless the orphanages in the region are completely empty. Maybe no doctors who had an IV-fertilization specialty wished to move into the valley, and the valley’s curse was considered a high-risk environmental contamination for pregnancies. In the time I took to type that, I thought up all of those potential reasons. I’m sure the author either has/had a reason in mind, or could pick a canonical reason given five minutes to think about it and maybe doublecheck the established canon on TV Tropes or a webcomic wiki page.
Why just “considered”? Maybe the valley’s curse IS a high-risk envionmental contamination for pregnancies, by working differently on unborn male children. Alternatively, maybe the TG-based methods are so much common noone actually bothered to develop alternatives enough to be safe.
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