This chapter begins with an analysis of Ziad's story, who suffers from a very serious case of male infertility. Because male infertility is not a visible medical condition, most men have no idea that they are infertile until they attempt to impregnate their wives. Moreover, Ziad assumes that his infertility problem is unique. He knows no other infertile men and so does not realize the high prevalence of this condition across the Middle Eastern region. Without sophisticated DNA analysis, the causes of most cases of male infertility remain strictly speculative. This conflation of male infertility with problems of virility (i.e., sexual potency) is common. Ziad's story is interesting in that it conveys a full range of masculine responses to male infertility, including shifts in subjectivity over the course of a man's lifetime.
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