lactating men, fathering a child, and mothering a child

Katha Pollitt kpollitt at
Mon Nov 29 06:35:27 PST 1999

Kelley -- what I've read is that about a quarter of a couple's inability to have a child is due to female, a quarter to male and half to both (for instance, each could have low fertility, that would work okay with a highly fertile partner). I've never heard that men were MORE infertile.

also, you are mixing up infertility due to aging and infertility due to other causes. At 50, more women are definitely infertile than men.

My point is not to say that fertility differentials structure the economy etc. it was to say that it is one thing structuring a difference between how men and women feel -- about, for instance, the passage of time. If you think single childless 35 year old women and 35 year old men have identical feelings about their fertility and its decline, I don't know how to persuade you otherwise.


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