A new study shows that men’s infertility rates are increasing at an alarming rate, further paving the way for a Handmaid’s Tale future.
And even Margaret Atwood, the author of the dystopian novel, is expressing concern:
Uh oh. https://t.co/8gcMSFGQUJ
— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) October 9, 2018
According to the Daily Mail, researches looked at semen samples from men undergoing infertility treatment in two major fertility centers in the U.S. and Spain between 2002-2017 and found that the number of men in the cohort increased seven-fold from 8,000 to 60,000.
The study also revealed the following:
- An increasing number of men had a total motile sperm count so low they may require IVF in order to conceive
- The number of men with a normal sperm count dropped
- Lead researcher Dr. Ashley Tiegs said the drop in sperm quality may be caused by unhealthy lifestyles and exposure to plastics
In the midst of the #MeToo movement, many Twitter users don’t view men’s plummeting sperm count as “bad news”:
That should solve some problems,yes?
— johnnyÛªs a pumpkin _Ù_Ä (@Sirjohn_A) October 9, 2018
Not a minute too soon.
— Crawford Kilian (@Crof) October 9, 2018
— Maureen McClement (@moondncr55) October 9, 2018
Ain't no thing here. Don't care.
— Mtbkgrl XX (@Mtbkgrl) October 9, 2018
Some just saw it as Mother Nature in action:
Perhaps itÛªs one of Mother NatureÛªs population control mechanisms.
— RobinJay (@Write2Resist) October 9, 2018
Gaia has done come to the end of her rope with humans 🙂
— Erika Allbright (@granniereads) October 9, 2018
My one hope for the animals on this planet is that men run out of sperm altogether, remaking Earth as a true Garden of Eden.
— Bob Nirkind (@BobNirkind) October 9, 2018
carbon dioxide emissions are shrinking their balls, Mother Earth's mysterious ways.
— Heather Webster (@romeheather) October 9, 2018
Though some commenters seemed genuinely disturbed by the findings:
Horrendous and disturbing.
— Jordan MacPherson (@SullenGirl225) October 9, 2018
— PrincessConsuelaBananaHammock (@Pizza_IsBAE4) October 9, 2018
damn it we're getting the Children of Men future aren't we
— Doug Bierend _ÙÒÁ (@DougBierend) October 9, 2018
— ClassroomDiva (@DawnDiVisconti) October 9, 2018
Foreboding words from Noele:
And so it begins
— Noele (@noelepace) October 9, 2018