Sperm Counts: Overcome by Man's Most Precious Fluid by Lisa Jean Moore (Paperback, 2008)
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- Description2007 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Winner of the Passing the Torch Award from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies It has been called sperm, semen, seed, cum, jizz, spunk, gentlemen's relish, and splooge. But however the tacky, opaque liquid that comes out of the penis is described, the very act of defining sperm and semen depends on your point of view. For Lisa Jean Moore, how sperm comes to be kwn is based on who defines it (a scientist vs. a defense witness, for example), under what social circumstances it is found (a doctor's office vs. a crime scene), and for what purposes it will be used (in vitro fertilization vs. DNA analysis). Examining semen historically, medically, and culturally, Sperm Counts is a penetrating exploration of its meaning and power. Using a ;follow that sperm approach, Moore shows how representations of sperm and semen are always in flux, tracing their twisting journeys from male reproductive glands to headline news stories and presidential impeachment trials. Much like the fluid of semen itself can leak onto fabrics and into bodies, its meanings seep into our consciousness over time. Moore's analytic lens yields intriguing observations of how sperm is spent and reabsorbed as it spurts, swims, and careens through penises, vaginas, test tubes, labs, families, cultures, and politics. Drawn from fifteen years of research, Sperm Counts examines historical and scientific documents, children's facts of life books, porgraphy, the Internet, forensic transcripts and sex worker narratives to explain how semen got so complicated. Among other things, understanding how we produce, represent, deploy and institutionalize semen-biomedically, socially and culturally-provides valuable new perspectives on the changing social position of men and the evolving meanings of masculinity. Ultimately, as Moore reveals, sperm is intimately involved in t only the physical reproduction of males and females, but in how we come to understand ourselves as men and women.
- Author BiographyLisa Jean Moore is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies and Coordinator of Gender Studies at Purchase College, State University of New York. She is author of Sperm Counts: Overcome by Man's Most Precious Fluid and co-author of Missing Bodies: The Politics of Visibility and Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee. She is also co-editor of the collection The Body Reader and, with Monica Casper, oversees the series Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience, and Health in the Twenty-First Century for NYU Press.
- Author(s)Lisa Jean Moore
- PublisherNew York University Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2008
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleIntersections: Transdisciplinary Persprectives on Genders and Sexualities Series
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew York University Press
- Content Note18 black & white illustrations
- Weight295 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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