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Male Infertility, Masculinity, and New Reproductive Technologies in the Arab World

Marcia C. Inhorn

Abstract


What is the relationship between male infertility and masculinity among Arab men, particularly as new reproductive technologies become increasingly available to populations in the Arab world? In this essay, I attempt to answer this question by exploring the emerging theoretical literature on Middle Eastern masculinities, then turning to my own empirical research on male infertility among Arab men in three disparate settings. As I will argue here, male infertility may threaten Arab masculinities on numerous levels. Yet, in the age of powerful new reproductive technologies to overcome male infertility, the crisis of Arab manhood once posed by male infertility may be waning, in ways to be described in this article.


Keywords


Male infertility; masculinity; Arab world

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