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Emily A. Wentzell‘s pioneering new book ‘Maturing Masculinities: Aging, Chronic Illness, and Viagra in Mexico’ (Duke University Press, 2013) is available for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from all angles of the medical humanities, but may be particularly appealing to anthropologists, clinicians or researchers with an interest in male health. 

Maturing Masculinities is a nuanced exploration of how older men in urban Mexico incorporate aging, chronic illness, changing social relationships, and decreasing erectile function into their conceptions of themselves as men. It is based on interviews that Emily A. Wentzell conducted with more than 250 male patients in the urology clinic of a government-run hospital in Cuernavaca. Drawing on science studies, medical anthropology, and gender theory, Wentzell suggests the idea of “composite masculinities” as a paradigm for understanding how men incorporate physical and social change into gendered selfhoods.

Erectile dysfunction treatments like Viagra are popular in Mexico, where stereotypes of men as sex-obsessed “machos” persist. However, most of the men Wentzell interviewed saw erectile difficulty as a chance to demonstrate difference from this stereotype. Rather than using drugs to continue youthful sex lives, many collaborated with wives and physicians to frame erectile difficulty as a prompt to embody age-appropriate, mature masculinities.’

If you would like to write a review on ‘Maturing Masculinities’ (approximately 1,000-1,500 words in length),  then please email our reviews editor with a short explanation of why you are well placed to review the book.


2 Comments

Talia Rebeca Haro Barón · July 10, 2014 at 5:44 am

Dear Reviews Editor,

I would like to do the review of this book.

Currently, I’m in my second year of the PhD Erasmus Mundus Dynamics of Health and Welfare, based in Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS).

I have taken courses of antropologhy in Health with Dr. Didier Fassin, specialist in the subject, at the EHESS. As well, I have taken courses related with gender and health in University of Linköping in Sweden.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Rebeca

    mdiclhumanities · July 10, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Hello Rebeca,

    Thanks for your interest in this title and your offer to write for this website. Please write to Ben Kasstan, Reviews Editor: ben.kasstan [at] durham.ac.uk

    Best wishes,

    Will.

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