You know how ladies today are always forgetting to get pregnant, because of the Pill and feminism and everything? Well, now it's time to blame guys too. Specifically, their sperm.
Heather Turgeon's Daily Beast article on what I'd like to call the Great Sperm Decline isn't really news — studies suggesting that men's genetic material may in fact play some role in conception and a healthy baby have been around for a while. Turgeon does note a relatively new report by the European Science Foundation warning that one in five 18-25-year-old men is "subfertile," and other studies showing that the plastic additive BPA and agricultural pesticides can affect sperm quality and quantity. So, she points out, can lifestyle factors like smoking and diet. But the larger question is: are we going to pay as much attention to men's fertility as we historically have to women's? And if so, can we avoid disastrously fucking it up?