IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Too fertile, not fertile enough?

30 May 2023, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Father carrying child on his back outside. Image: Gustavo Fring via Pexels

Join this event hear Esmée Hanna reflect on contemporary masculinity and men’s experiences in the reproductive domain.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Dr Sonya Sharma


Library, 1st Floor
27 - 28 Woburn Square

Note that this event date has changed from 21 March to 30 May.

Young men, (those under the age of 25), having children are still routinely viewed as a ‘problem’ for society to ‘manage’.  Yet men who are unable to have children, due to their own or their partner's fertility issues, still note facing stigma due to society's imperative of the role of procreation in relation to masculine norms. Being ‘too fertile’ or not fertile ‘enough’ are both then seen as problematic for men but in different ways.

In this talk, Esmée will draw on a range of previous research related to young men who are fathers as well as the experiences of men facing fertility issues. Whilst on the face of it, these areas of work appear highly distinct, common aspects of the male reproductive experience can be found in both. 

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in fertility issues, masculinity, and young men who are fathers.

Please note that this is a hybrid event and can be joined either in-person or online.

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About the Speaker

Dr Esmée Hanna

Reader at the Centre for Reproduction Research, De Montfort University

She has conducted extensive work on male infertility, including the first National Qualitative Questionnaire study of men's experiences of fertility issues.