Den ufrivilligt barnløse mand

Sine Marie Pagter Jakobsen, Matilde Stisen Kjerstein Sørensen, Emma Isabella Olsen, Anne Mette Cornelius Nielsen, Mille Skytte Bjerregaard & Nina Kjær Rasmussen

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


For years, parenthood has been seen as a matter of course, sacred from scientific meddling, yet new reproductive remedies have surpassed biological boundaries, that consequently changes the way we understand and perceive family. While recent research on childlessness has started to validate the significant intimate implications this has on the individual, far less studies has focused on the male perspective of involuntary childlessness. The discussion on assisted reproduction has somehow managed to encourage gender inequality, and consequently undermining the importance of fatherhood. This project seeks to examine how cultural and historical changes in family structures, contributes to a prevailing media discourse that impacts the governmental policymaking process, and the overall perception of fatherhood. Furthermore, this study seeks to enlighten the phenomenon known as involuntary childless men and whether or not this group is the conflicting subject of a dominant family discourse, that has been socially constructed over time. With this in mind, we have chosen to examine some of the most recurring arguments against men’s rights to assisted reproduction methods, and how the current legislation is contributing to a marginalisation of single men, principally because they deviate from society’s perception of normality. This will enlighten both the biological, psychological and sociological aspect of childlessness, and will therefore expose the distinction between men and women’s right to parenthood. In order to understand the personal impact this has on the man’s identity and his right to fatherhood, we have chosen to analyse the empirical data with a theoretic approach, that emphasises both the position of power from an institutional point of view, alongside the obvious link between media discourses and the making of policies. This study proceeds to describe the discursive parallel between the emotional and the political aspect of fatherhood, and the ontological implications this has on the man’s ability to narrate his life project.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato16 dec. 2019
Antal sider57
VejledereMikkel Rønnow Mouritzen