The End of Men, Again

Boston University Law Review Annex, Vol. 93, pp. 26-36, 2013

Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 134-2013

12 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2013 Last revised: 22 May 2013

Kara W. Swanson

Northeastern University - School of Law

Date Written: April 22, 2013

Abstract

The current attention to the “end of men” is occurring as men’s role as biological fathers is becoming radically deemphasized through assisted reproductive technologies and alternative family formation. As other historians have noted, since the nineteenth century, there have been serial crises of masculinity in the United States, in which the perceived loss of power by white middle-class heterosexual men has been decried. This essay, written for an on-line forum considering Hanna Rosin's The End of Men, analyzes the current crisis in the context of earlier explorations of the biological end of men, from early twentieth century feminist utopian fiction to lesbian dreams of virgin birth in the 1970s.

Suggested Citation

Swanson, Kara W., The End of Men, Again (April 22, 2013). Boston University Law Review Annex, Vol. 93, pp. 26-36, 2013; Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 134-2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2255129

Kara W. Swanson (Contact Author)

Northeastern University - School of Law ( email )

416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States

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