Is it longer than one entry?
Is it one of your random what ifs?
Is it based on things that you read?
Is it twenty questions?
Why, yes. It is. Good guesswork.
I read, as you know, a shitload. Of blogs, of newspaper articles, of magazines, of books. Especially books. And a few times a day, I wish I could start a conversation with the author, hence why I am psyched beyond belief that Elizabeth Swire Falker agreed to participate in the Barren Bitches Book Tour.
But since I can't always reach the author OR I'd rather hear what a plethora of people have to say, I'd like to pose the questions to you. Hence the next twenty or so questions...
In Helping the Stork (by Carol Vercollone, Heidi Moss, and Robert Moss), on page 9, the writers are discussing the reluctance on the part of men to admit to infertility and state, "some feel terrified that friends or relatives will find out and ridicule them--which happens more to infertile men than women."
And I just wanted to start a conversation on perception--do infertile men get ridiculed more than infertile women (and this is really a two-way question; once you've stated that it's male factor vs. female factor, are men mocked more whereas women are given sympathy OR if you haven't stated the reason for the infertility at all, are men still mocked more often than women)? And are women ridiculed, but it's more subtle? If we take into consideration all forms of ridicule--from the obvious rude remarks to the more subtle jabs--is it equal, or do men have a harder time when being open about their infertility because they are met with more ridicule than sympathy?