9780520253308

Fixing Men

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520253308

  • ISBN10:

    0520253302

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-11-19
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Summary

Most studies on reproductive rights make women their focus, but inFixing Men,Matthew Gutmann illuminates what men in the Mexican state of Oaxaca say and do about contraception, sex, and AIDS. Based on extensive fieldwork, this breakthrough study by a preeminent anthropologist of men and masculinities reveals how these men and the women in their lives make decisions about birth control, how they cope with the plague of AIDS, and the contradictory healing techniques biomedical and indigenous medical practitioners employ for infertility, impotence, and infidelity. Gutmann talks with men during and after their vasectomies and discovers why some opt for sterilization while so many others feel "planned out of family planning."

Author Biography

Matthew Gutmann is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brown University and is the author of The Meanings of Macho: Being a Man in Mexico City (Tenth Anniversary edition, 2006) and The Romance of Democracy: Compliant Defiance in Contemporary Mexico (2002), both from UC Press.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Taming Men's Natural Desires in Oaxacap. 1
The Missing Gamete: Eight Common Mistakes about Men's Sexualityp. 28
New Labyrinths of Solitude: Lonesome Men and AIDSp. 47
Frisky and Risky Men: AIDS Care in Oaxacap. 71
Planning Men Out of Family Planningp. 100
Scoring Men: Vasectomies and the Totemic Illusion of Male Sexualityp. 130
Traditional Sexual Healing of Menp. 165
From Boardrooms to Bedroomsp. 196
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 255
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