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Bringing Hispanic Men into Focus (Groups)

It’s tempting to wonder which aspect of a 1993 article about AIDS norms and beliefs seemed most novel to Perspectives readers at the time. It might have been the study’s focus on working-class Hispanic men, who then constituted an understudied population in AIDS research. Or maybe it...

What Do We Know About Men’s Involvement in Abortion Care?

Women contemplating abortion frequently involve their male partner in the decision, and those who opt for the procedure often rely on him to help with logistics or finances, or for emotional support before and after the abortion. But what about at the time of the procedure itself: Is it helpful...

Making Strides in Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Men

Reproductive health care has traditionally focused on women. This makes sense: Most effective contraceptive methods are female-controlled, and women disproportionately deal with the consequences of unplanned pregnancy. There has been, however, growing acknowledgment of men’s need for sexual and...

Prophylactic Predilections

In the early 1990s, promoting condom use was the most potent weapon in policymakers’ anti-HIV arsenal. However, efforts to encourage prophylactic use were hampered by the dearth of publicly available data on men’s preferences. For those who lacked access to condom manufacturers’ internal...

Young Man, There’s a Place You Can Go

For decades, researchers and advocates have been calling for sexual and reproductive health programs to increase their attention to the needs of men. One program that has been heeding that call and providing services to a target population of 13–30-year-old men since 1987 is the Young Men’s...

Title X: A Boon to Men, or a Barrier?

During the mid-1980s, family planning advocates might have wondered whether the Title X program was committed to improving men’s reproductive health. In 1982, the program stopped collecting data on services provided to men, on the grounds that such services were peripheral to those provided to...

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Trite but true: For many years, men were the neglected “other half of the equation” in sexual and reproductive health research and care; they generally were not a priority at all or were prioritized only by virtue of being women’s partners. That began to change in the 1980s, owing to the...

Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Family Planning Perspectives may be accessed through Wiley Online Library (2003–) and JSTOR (1969–2011).

Cover illustrations of Margaret Sanger © Matthew and Eve Levine