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Conceiving Masculinity: Male Infertility, Medicine, and Identity Paperback – April 25, 2014
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"[A] compassionate and substantive analysis of male infertility. Her ethnographic work is two-pronged: first, it reveals the history of male infertility and the responses of modern medicine; second, it studies the ways in which this oft-hidden precinct of medicine works overtime to bolster the masculinity of its patients [...] Barnes weaves a bounty of analytic threads into a compelling ethnography whose interviews with infertile men and their (mostly male) doctors make the story come richly alive in this overdue study." - Publishers Weekly
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Liberty Walther Barnes is a Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge.
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She states; nothing is done to use Clomiphene citrate for infertility on men. She should start by educating herself and reading about Androxal. FDA is cautious about these medications because they block androgen receptors increasing testosterone levels. The same hormone that feminist complain about. But it is the same hormone that helps sperm survive and the reason being produce in the testicles.
She gives the idea that all medications on the planet earth are product of female experimentation. She has very knowledge about how men in service around the globe were used by governments for experimentation. Eugenic philosophy, sterilization in Guatemala for syphilis, etc.
Today, she can write that the massive hysteria and selfishness of adult women absorbs the donation in the only disease in the planet earth called breast cancer. Children’s cancer by far is more lethal and it is a major cause of infertility for survivors (Both girls and Boys) It is not a bright future for them. Children’s cancer does not receive even a quarter of donations. This is today reality. Men receive the least either on prostate or testicular cancer and we do not write books like this. But in the future, women will figure it out to distort the truth about this and keep complaining. It is not yesterday, it is today what you can do.
I though this book was to expose the incompetence of Urologists, which she partially do. But she does not mention how men are treated by these doctors. Their professional exam includes that most of the issues are psychological; they do not ask them anything about hormonal balance. If she had spoken with endocrinologists she would of know that Clomiphene Citrate may cause Paresthesia in men. Somehow this medication affects blood vessels in men. I had used it and it caused cold extremities with increased fungal infections. Androxal eliminates one of the components of Clomiphene Citrate and may be more beneficial.
I read this book because as usual my wife was the one deem guilty for not conceiving due to endometriosis. But all attempts ended in miscarriages and trisomy issues. In few words, I blame myself because my super sperm DNA as my wife refers to it could have been the causal factor. There are a lot of articles that even if women are the infertile, we men are affected psychologically but we have to be strong and support our partner. That is something that is done today and at least I feel that I am doing something! Going to a therapist to ventilate a past problem is not helpful, let's move on and make a meaningful life.
Of course, the scholarly value in Barnes' work comes from the way she uses frameworks analyzing gender norms (from sociology, primarily) to consider how masculinity drives docs and patients to respond to infertility and treatments for infertility, as well to consider how masculinity is constituted by fertility and by people's responses to infertility. It's a bi-directional relation, and Barnes shows some interesting examples of how men who are infertile seem to use some traditional aspects of masculinity (providing for the family; handling pain; taking on burdens) to reconstruct a version of masculinity that does not require actually being able to reproduce. That social norms and medical practice interact in such ways is not news. But this aspect of it--male infertility--is undertheorized.
I found the book fascinating and useful. I have some quibbles. At times, it can seem as though Barnes argues that everything men do with respect to fertility is about masculinity, even if they don't do what you would expect masculinity would drive them to do. This smacks of the scientific sin of a hypothesis that is unfalsifiable: no matter what the results, they can be explained away or explained to in fact support the hypothesis. However, by the end of the book it is clear that this is not the case (I wish Barnes had thought to address this more explicitly, but again, a quibble). Her arguments overall make it plausible that indeed, men who refuse to feel shame because they are less masculine for being infertile bolster that defense mechanism with other aspects of masculinity, thereby preserving much of traditional masculinity in a situation which would seem to undermine it.
The book is a good resource for my own work in medical humanities (I am a philosopher who does medical ethics). As usual with works of valuable thinking, the work itself has value but so does the degree to which it directs the reader to other valuable work. I will do some more digging, now, into some of the sociological theories of gender which Barnes deploys. Whether or not I draw again on Barnes' own study of men and infertility--which I suspect I will--I will almost certainly draw upon some of the tools that she draws upon, here.
Thusly do we learn from each other. As scholars. But also as humans seeking stories of those who struggle with subjects too rarely discussed in public.