Exposing Men: The Science and Politics of Male Reproduction

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Abstract

This book examines how ideals of masculinity have long skewed our societal-and scientific-understanding of one of the pillars of male identity: reproductive health. Only with the recent public exposure of men's reproductive troubles has the health of the male body been thrown into question, and along with it, deeper masculine ideals. Whereas once, men's sexual and reproductive abilities were the most taboo of topics, today, erectile dysfunction is a multi-billion dollar business, and magazine articles trumpet male reproductive decline with headlines such as "You're Half the Man Your Father Was." The author looks at our world of plummeting sperm counts, spiking reproductive cancers, sperm banks, and pharmacological cures for impotence, in order to assess the true state of male health. What she finds is male reproductive systems damaged by toxins and war, and proof piling up that through sperm, men pass on harm to the children they father. Yet, despite the evidence that men's health, as much as women's, significantly affects the vitality of their offspring, the author also sees a society holding on to outdated assumptions, one in which men ignore blatant health risks as they struggle to live up to antiquated ideas of manliness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages276
ISBN (Electronic)9780199850990
ISBN (Print)9780195148411
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 3 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)

Keywords

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Health risks
  • Ideals
  • Masculinity
  • Reproductive health
  • Sperm
  • Toxins

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