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"It’s different for men": masculinity and IVF

Throsby, Karen and Gill, Rosalind (2004) "It’s different for men": masculinity and IVF. Men and Masculinities, 6 (4). pp. 330-348. ISSN 1097-184X

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Abstract

Drawing on interviewdata with men andwomen who have engaged with in vitro fertilization (IVF) unsuccessfully, this article explores the ways in which men experience and make sense of the failure of treatment. Focusing on men’s experiences of infertility, their perceptions of IVF as a technology, and their involvement in the IVF process, the analysis highlights the ambivalent relationship between men and IVF as a technology; the predominance of hegemonic masculine culture in mediating the meaning of IVF for both men and women, particularly in relation to the association of fertility and virility in the normative construction of masculinity; and the very traditionally gendered emotional scripts that structure the experience of IVF and its failure.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://jmm.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2004 SAGE Publications.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Departments > Gender Institute
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2007
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/2515/

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