MOBI Marcia C. Inhorn ☆ Infertility and Patriarchy MOBI É Infertility and ☆

The social conseuences of infertility place poor urban women in Egypt at the center of a web of tumultuous relationships with spouses in laws and neighbors Although Egyptian patriarchy is based on the central role played by men in reproduction women are paradoxically blamed for the failure to conceive and they often face threats of divorce or polygyny harassment and community ostracism Infertility and Patriarchy explores the lives of infertile women whose personal stories depict their daily struggles to resist disempowerment and stigmatization Marcia C Inhorn has produced a uniue study of gender politics and family life in contemporary Egypt concluding that the position of infertile women in Egyptian society is being determined by complex and countervailing pressures As the influence of the patriarchal extended family wanes in urban areas marital bonds strengthen Yet the Islamic valorization of motherhood as women's exclusive role presents a potent threat to childless women

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