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By Nelly Oudshoorn

ISBN-10: 0822331586

ISBN-13: 9780822331582

ISBN-10: 0822331950

ISBN-13: 9780822331957

The Male capsule is the 1st publication to bare the background of hormonal contraceptives for males. Nelly Oudshoorn explains why it's that, even though the technical feasibility of male contraceptives was once tested as early because the Seventies, there's, to this point, no male tablet. Ever because the thought of hormonal contraceptives for males was once brought, scientists, feminists, newshounds, and pharmaceutical marketers have wondered no matter if women and men may settle for a brand new male contraceptive if one have been on hand. delivering a richly certain exam of the cultural, medical, and coverage paintings round the male capsule from the Nineteen Sixties throughout the Nineties, Oudshoorn advances paintings on the intersection of gender reports and the sociology of technology.

Oudshoorn emphasizes that the creation of contraceptives for males relies to a good volume on altering rules approximately reproductive accountability. preliminary curiosity within the male capsule, she exhibits, got here from outdoor the clinical group: from the governments of China and India, that have been attracted to inhabitants keep watch over, and from Western feminists, who sought after the obligations and health and wellbeing dangers linked to birth control shared extra both among the sexes. She records how within the Seventies, the area well-being association took the lead in investigating male contraceptives by way of coordinating an exceptional, around the world learn community. She chronicles how the quest for a male tablet required major reorganization of drug-testing criteria and protocols and of the family-planning infrastructure—including founding unique clinics for males, growing separate areas for males inside current clinics, enrolling new pros, and defining new different types of sufferers. The Male capsule is eventually a narrative as a lot concerning the layout of masculinities within the final a long time of the 20 th century because it is ready the improvement of secure and powerful technologies.

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