Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Zentrum für Transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien

Rene Almeling: The Politics of „Male“ Reproductive Health

  • Wann 26.06.2023 von 18:00 bis 20:00
  • Wo HU Berlin, Georgenstraße 47, 10117 Berlin, Raum 0.12
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Social scientists are paying increasing attention to male reproductive health, including in the realms of contraception, infertility, epigenetic effects, and fertility apps. In this presentation, I draw on historical, qualitative, and quantitative research on male reproductive health - including that conducted for my book, GUYnecology: The Missing
Science of Men‘s Reproductive Health (2020) - to reflect on the social, clinical, ethical, and political complexities associated with focusing on male reproductive health.

These include: 1) how to avoid repeating the mistakes of public health approaches to female reproductive health, which tend to individualize, stigmatize, blame, and even punish; 2) how to more fully incorporate the views and experiences of trans, intersex, and nonbinary people into research and policy on reproductive health; 3) how attending to the full range of gender identities unsettles the categories of “male” and “female” reproductive health; and 4) the potential pitfalls of focusing on male reproductive health at a time when access to abortion and contraception are under severe threat for people who are or can become pregnant.



Rene Almeling is Professor of Sociology at Yale University with courtesy appointments in the Yale School of Public Health and the Yale School of Medicine. Her primary research and teaching interests are in gender, medicine, and reproduction. She is also the author of Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm and co-editor of a double special issue on “Men, Masculinities, and Reproduction.” Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.


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Semester: Sommersemester 2023

ZtG-Veranstaltungskategorie: Ringvorlesungen/Gastvorträge des ZtG