Today’s bonus episode guest is Robin Jensen, a professor of communication at the University of Utah and author of Infertility: Tracing the History of a Transformative Term.
Robin and Heather discuss her background, the book, and the rich history of infertility:
- Before we talk about your book and the history of infertility, I’d like to hear a little bit more about you. Tell us about your background.
- What was your goal in writing Infertility: Tracing the History of a Transformative Term, and why did you choose this topic in particular?
- I understand you used doctor-patient correspondence, oral histories, and news coverage to compile the book. Tell us more about this and the process you used.
THE HISTORY OF INFERTILITY
- The term ‘infertility’ is relatively new. Take us through the history of the various metaphors that pre-date it.
- What is ‘energy conservation,’ and where does it fit historically in the narrative surrounding infertility?
- What is ‘medicalization,’ and how did the medicalization of infertility begin?
- What is ‘psychogenic infertility,’ and where does it fit historically in the narrative surrounding infertility?
- When did ‘time’ enter the narrative surrounding infertility, and how has this rhetoric changed or evolved since then?
- In your opinion, what is the the significance of IVF to both modern-day medicine and 21st century society?
- Historically and today, where do men fit into the infertility picture?
- How would you describe today’s rhetoric surrounding infertility?
- Do you think today’s narrative needs to change? If so, why and how?