Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
FIGUEROA-PEREA, Juan Guillermo. Some elements for interpreting men's presence in reproductive health processes. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1998, vol.14, suppl.1, pp. S87-S96. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1998000500018.
This study aims to identify analytical approaches to situate men in processes pertaining to reproductive health. We challenge the position that identifies them only as actors that can support improvements in the health of women and children. More recently there has been a concern over reshaping their role, as individuals who both reproduce and face risks to their reproductive organs, behaviors, and processes. One possibility for explaining men's presence in such processes is to identify their absence or presence as conditioning the consequences for women and children. The issue is to determine how they hamper or foster maternal health. A second possibility is to delve into the relational, social, and potentially conflictive nature of "sexualized" reproduction. This implies a new approach to the analysis of reproduction as a relational process, rather than as isolated events involving men and women, meanwhile recovering the respective specificities. The gender perspective is used to conceive of processes without denying the power dimension. Thus, a new approach is taken to sexuality, reproduction, and health in terms of interaction, in order to build clearer references with regard to the male population.
Keywords : Reproductive Health; Males; Gender; Family Planning.