Blush: Sperm

"All masturbatory emissions would be considered reckless abandonment." - Elle Woods in Legally Blonde.

You may have heard about the Texas bill that will fine men $100 USD for masturbatory emissions.

"All masturbatory emissions would be considered reckless abandonment." - Elle Woods in Legally Blonde.
“All masturbatory emissions would be considered reckless abandonment.” – Elle Woods in Legally Blonde.

But what exactly is sperm?

According to Merriam Webster, a sperm is a male* gamete, “a mature [cell …] usually possessing a haploid chromosome set and capable of initiating formation of a new diploid individual by fusion with a gamete of the opposite sex”.

But what people usually consider to be sperm (the entire ejaculate) is false. The ejaculate is semen; sperm only makes up about 2-5% of the fluid emitted. The rest of the semen is made up of energy (a sugar fluid) from the seminal vesicles that makes up ~65-70%, prostate secretions (enzymes, citric acid,, and acid phosphatase) that give semen its white colour make up ~25-30%, and a clear secretion from the bulbourethral glands helps with mobility after ejaculation only makes up less than 1%.

*male is used by the dictionary to identify the difference between a sperm (male) and an egg (female) gametes.


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References

http://www.lfpress.com/2017/03/14/texas-bill-would-fine-men-us100-for-unregulated-masturbatory-emissions

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gamete

http://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Semen.aspx