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Anthropology 3332F/G Chapter Notes - Chapter online reading: Sperm Donation, Semen Analysis, Premarital Sex

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ANTH 3332F/G
Andrew Walsh
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Reading on Middle Eastern Masculinities in the Age of
New Reproductive Technologies: Male Infertility and
Stigma in Egypt and Lebanon.
by Marcia C. Inhorn
-worldwide male infertility contributes to more than half of all cases of
childlessness yet poorly studied and understood
-infertility is classified as inability to conceive after year or more trying
-affects 8-14% of couples worldwide
-shown to be among most stigmatizing of all male health conditions
-stigmatizing and emasculating for men
-but also technologies designed to overcome it add layers of stigma and
cultural complexity
-studied infertile men in Cairo, Egypt and Beirut, Lebanon
-focused on the “four M’s”: masculinity, marriage, morality, and medical
-no documentation in Lebanon on infertility due to political sectarianism
but thriving infertility treatment industry suggests its prevalence
-3.5 mil lebanese with apron 15 IVF centres vs 70 million egyptians and
50 IVF centres in 2003
-westernized medicalization of infertility now in middle east
-male infertility more common in middle east than the West
-greater than 50% in Lebanon
-consanguineous marriages put a significant percent of middle eastern
males at unwitting risk of male infertility
-marrying first cousins is very prevalent in some places in middle east
-including some parts of Muslim Lebanon
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