Professor Lisa Jean Moore’s latest book, Sperm Counts: Overcome by Man’s Most Precious Fluid, was named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2007 by Choice, the magazine of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Dr. Moore’s book was recognized in the Sociology category and was part of a prestigious list that reflects the best titles reviewed by Choice in 2007 and brings with it the recognition of the academic library community.
In awarding Outstanding Academic Titles, the editors apply several criteria to reviewed titles: overall excellence in presentation and scholarship; importance relative to other literature in the field; distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form; originality or uniqueness of treatment; value to undergraduate students; and importance in building undergraduate library collections.
Drawn from fifteen years of research, Sperm Counts examines historical and scientific documents, children's facts of life books, pornography, the Internet, forensic transcripts and sex worker narratives to explain how semen got so complicated. Among other things, understanding how we produce, represent, deploy and institutionalize semen—biomedically, socially and culturally—provides valuable new perspectives on the changing social position of men and the evolving meanings of masculinity. Ultimately, as Moore reveals, sperm is intimately involved in not only the physical reproduction of males and females, but in how we come to understand ourselves as men and women.