What is it about Vikings that fires up the British media so much? Yesterday’s Guardian had a central two page spread of some silly people wearing red outfits and horned helmets and tonight BBC2 has a documentary called The Vikings Are Coming about women who choose donors from Danish sperm banks. Last year Kate Brian made a Radio 4 programme about the same phenomenon.
There are of course some interesting questions that are raised around how and why Denmark has developed such a thriving industry in sperm donation and export. I speculated on some of these when commenting on Kate’s programme in an earlier blog https://oliviasview.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/what-are-the-needs-of-those-who-dont-tell-and-a-new-viking-invasion/
But that’s not really what I think this is all about. It’s more to do with our fascination with the myth of the fierce and marauding warriors who not only raided Britain’s northern shores but also settled, trading and colonising great swathes of our country. Their genes have become our genes. And that’s what it’s about…genes, and the wonderful helmets of course!
What is interesting is that apparently much more American than Danish sperm is imported into the UK for use by those who need sperm donation. No such excitement about their genes!