Dynamic infertility

Shirley Shalev, Dafna Lemish

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Critical content analysis of eight years' of newspaper coverage of advanced reproductive technologies in Israel demonstrates that the public debate over assisted reproduction is largely characterized by personal narratives that accentuate, on the surface, a discourse of individualism. However, this study claims that beneath the surface, these women's personal dreams, are in fact realization of the national dream that promotes particular social values and demographic goals. The news coverage was found to promote a process we name dynamic infertility, in which women are encouraged not to accept physiological infertility but rather undergo as many fertility treatments as necessary, for as long as it takes, ultimately to bring their genetically related children into the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-388
Number of pages18
JournalFeminist Media Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Communication
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


  • fertility
  • gender
  • Israel
  • motherhood
  • newspapers
  • reproductive technologies


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