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The Children Men Father

Cynthia R. Daniels

in Exposing Men

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780195148411
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850990 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148411.003.0013
The Children Men Father

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This chapter examines the fourth element of reproductive masculinity: the presumption that men are more distant from the children they father. Historically, research into the field of paternal fetal harm has faced formidable barriers, with most finding the scientific evidence of male-mediated fetal harm simply unbelievable. The politics of fetal hazards continues to focus almost exclusively on damages to fetal health through the female body. Beginning in the late 1970s, a series of events pushed male reproductive health and male-mediated harm into the public spotlight. These events generated renewed research in three primary areas: men's exposures at work, men's exposures at war, and the effects of men's drinking, smoking, and drug use on fetal health.

Keywords: reproductive masculinity; fetal harm; reproductive health; male-mediated harm; fetal health

Chapter.  16803 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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