The exciting thing about doing research is that there are always many sur-
prises and challenges. When I became interested in the question of why there
is no male equivalent of the contraceptive pill for women, I assumed that one
paper would be su≈cient to answer the question. I soon discovered that there
was much more to tell about male contraceptive discourse. The world I dis-
covered in the documents and practices of those involved in this technological
innovation turned out to be so rich that I realized I needed an entire book to
tell the story.
Apart from the expansion of my research, there was another challenge as
well. Whereas most scholars who investigate technological developments
write about subjects whose development has been completed, I was faced with
a technology that did and does not (yet?) exist. To write this story of a technol-
ogy in the making, I relied on the invaluable experiences and reflections of the
people who work in the field of male contraceptive technology and family
planning. Without their willingness to cooperate with me and their permis-
sion to use their documents and archives, this book could not have been
written. I express my gratitude to Bruce Armstrong, Willem Bergink, Ann
Biddlecom, David T. Baird, William Bremner, Judith Bruce, Herjan Coelingh
Bennink, Jane Cottingham, Diana Diazgranados, Elof Johansson, T. M. M.
Farley, David Gri≈n, Anton Grootegoed, Wendy Kersemaekers, Herman
Kloosterboer, David Kinniburgh, Stephen Matlin, Alvin Matsumoto, Kelly
McKracken, Axel Mundigo, Eberhard Nieschlag, Alvin Paulsen, Diana Rubino,
J. Mayone Stycos, Ronald Swerdlo√, Rosemary Thau, Geo√rey Waites, Chris-
tina Wang, J. Weber, Mary Nell Wegner, and Fred Wu.
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