Motherhood on Ice: The Mating Gap and Why Women Freeze Their Eggs

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New York University Press
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6.0 X 9.2 X 1.3 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Marcia C. Inhorn is the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at Yale University and author of Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai and Motherhood on Ice: The Mating Gap and Why Women Freeze Their Eggs.

"Extremely rich in nuanced analysis, Motherhood on Ice vividly portrays the experiences of women--of various racial and religious backgrounds--at every stage of this oftentimes fraught process. Inhorn addresses a critical societal issue with conviction and grace."--Chantal Collard, Concordia University
"Passionate, empathic, and rigorously researched, this book will be popular amongst audiences ranging from single, well-heeled thirty-something professional women considering egg freezing to public health, medical anthropology, and gender studies academic audiences."--Rayna Rapp, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, New York University
"Simply outstanding. Inhorn exposes how the lack of suitable partners, not career ambition, has resulted in egg freezing. This book will surely garner attention and cultivate widespread appeal."--Rosanna Hertz, author of Random Families: Genetic Strangers, Sperm Donor Siblings, and the Creation of New Kin
"As women reach the end of their most fertile years, those who want to keep their biological motherhood options open may find hope and a sense of community in these pages."-- "Booklist"
"Inhorn provides a provocative inquiry into a contemporary subject of interest to many."-- "Library Journal"
"The stories in Motherhood on Ice raise raise deeper questions about heterosexual relationships today, ones that have implications for overall fertility rates, the U.S. economy, and the future of the family. Most of all, this book captures the pain of women who struggle to fulfill the human desires for companionship and parenthood, pain that has been too long overlooked in the broader discussions about egg freezing."--Anna Louie Sussman "The Atlantic"
"Marcia Inhorn, an anthropology professor at Yale University, embarked on a decade-long study to understand what drives healthy women to freeze their eggs. In her recent book, Motherhood on Ice, Inhorn notes that it is often men, not women, who want to delay child rearing."--Matilda Hay "The Washington Post"
""Contrary to stereotype, these potential mothers haven't powered through their careers and forgotten to marry; they just haven't been able to find suitable men to partner with. The men they believe would make good fathers -- "eligible, educated and equal" -- are nowhere to be found.""--Christine Emba "The Washington Post"
"Inhorn's book... document[s] the qualitative experience of women who are actively searching for partners -- the frustration, hurt and disappointment... Her breakdown reads like a rigorous academic version of all the complaints you've ever heard from your single female friends."-- "The New York Times"
"It is comforting to relate to so many stories as you realize how universal our struggles and worries are. [Motherhood on Ice] also helps remove any stigma or shame around this process. Egg freezing is empowering, not embarrassing and certainly shouldn't have any shame attached to it."-- "Harper's Bazaar"