The Male Pill

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September 2003



The technology has been there for over 20 years: how come there is still no male pill on the market?


Part I Overcoming resistance: Constructing alternative socio-technical networks 1. Designing technology and masculinity; 2. How man came to be included in the contraceptive research agenda; 3. Creating a world-wide laboratory for synthesizing hormonal contraceptive compounds; 4. The inaccessible man - the quest for male trial participants and text locations; 5. The co-construction of technologies and risks Part II Configuring the user: Articulating and performing masculinities 6. The politics of language: Changing family-planning discourse to include men; 7. Making room for men - configuring men as clients of family planning clinics; 8. "The first man on the pill" - disciplining men as reliable test subjects; 9. On masculinities, technologies and pain - the testing of male contraceptives in the clinic and the media; 10. Articulating acceptability; 11. Technologies of trust


Nelly Oudshoorn is Professor of Gender and Technology at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. She is the author of "Beyond the Natural Body: An Archaeology of Sex Hormones" and coeditor of "Bodies of Technology: Women's Involvement with Reproductive Medicine "and "How Users Matter: The Co-Construction of Users and Technology."


"It is well worth getting different views on a complicated topic like male contraception, with its mix of scientific, social, and cultural factors. The Male Pill, with its gender-politics perspective, offers one such view, and a valid one."--Carl Djerassi, Times Literary Supplement "Nelly Oudshoorn explains that there are lots of reasons why you don't see men popping pills to prevent pregnancy (and why you probably won't anytime soon)... [A] good work of social science..."--Lauren Kaminsky, Bust "[A] forceful analysis of the history of contraception... Oudshoorn deftly captures the contradictions of technological change... [A] meticulously researched, strongly academic book ... [A]n important contribution to the understanding of gender, culture, and technology."--Julie Craig, Bitch "Highly recommended."--H. S. Pitkow, Choice "[B]eautifully written and analytically quite sophisticated without being at all dense... Each chapter pursues its complex objectives well and at a sufficient depth. The book's organization facilitates its use as a reference work; finding topics is easy and the index is thorough. This excellent organization will help make this book the canonic volume in male reproduction studies for decades. There is nothing else that even begins to do what Oudshoorn has quite elegantly accomplished."--Adele E. Clarke, Journal of the History of Medicine "[A]n innovative analysis... This is a brilliant and much needed contribution to gender theory, science and technology studies, and the history and future of contraceptive research."--Laura Mamo, American Journal of Sociology "[A] timely historical account."--Roger V Short, Medical Journal of Australia "Oudshoorn provides a well-written, accessible and engaging book that contributes to the under-researched area of male contraceptive technology. The Male Pill is a timely exploration of a technology that is still in the making."--Jennifer Sarah Hester, Australian Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society "Oudshoorn's book is an ambitious effort. Early chapters, on history, are perhaps too detailed, but this does not detract from her overall project. Her work is a well-documented yet concise book, reflecting a multidisciplinary perspective. It would be a suitable text for graduate courses inwomen's studies, history of science, sociology, and perhaps also philosophy. Advanced undergraduates might also benefit from the book, given ample time to discuss and digest the complex and multiple issues raised."--Rebecca Plante, Gender and Society "Oudshoorn's book is stimulating (although somewhat complex) to read, and the book in its entirety or selected portions thereof can potentially be very valuable additions to other readings in college courses that explore social or psychological issues of gender, scientific research, and health care. To date, it is probably the most comprehensive and stimulating exploration of the relevant gender and sociopolitical issues involved not only in the development of 'the male pill,' but also in the dynamics of contraception within the family."--George M. Kapalka, Sex Roles [F]ascinating... [T]his book is well worth reading for its careful and insightful analysis of the science and politics of the male pill. It fills a major gap in the still quite limited literature on male contraception and the male reproductive system as a whole. It also provides an excellent example of cultural analysis of the complexities of masculinity, medicine, and politics."-- Cynthia R. Daniels, Journal of the American Medical Association "[T]his book makes significant contributions to the field of science and technology studies and gender studies, as well as to the history of medicine. As a thorough and engaging treatment of an important subject, it deserves a wide audience."-- Elizabeth Siegel Watkins, Medical Humanities Review "[F]ascinating... The book ... has much to offer contemporary theorizing around gender and embodiment. Oudshoorn's argument that performativity theories of gender tend to neglect technologies is well taken, and her book incites further research in this field."-- Celia Roberts, Sociology
EAN: 9780822331957
ISBN: 0822331950
Untertitel: A Biography of a Technology in the Making. illustrations. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Duke University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2003
Seitenanzahl: 320 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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