Birth Control News 1.1 (May 1922)

Title

Birth Control News 1.1 (May 1922)

Description

In this issue, Marie Stopes introduces Birth Control News with a report on the first meeting of the Society for Constructive Birth Control and Racial Progress, names "friends" and "foes of progress", and describes extreme cases in which one woman had given birth to 17 children and one man had fathered 36. Another item of interest is Stopes's review of Havelock Ellis's Little Essays of Love and Virtue, a book about sex, marriage, and parenthood for children.

The journal makes its support for eugenics clear from the first page, in which one news brief claims that "defectives can generally be anticipated in a certain type of family" - that is, a family from the lower classes, poor and undereducated. This serves as a reminder that, no matter how many over-worked mothers the journal strives to help, its underlying purpose is to control the population of the lower classes and anyone else in society deemed "deficient" by the Society for Constructive Birth Control and Racial Progress.

Date

May 1922

Language

English

Contributor

Samkins Browne
Mrs. Stanley Wrench

Source

Nendeln, LI: Kraus Reprint, 1973.

Creator

Dr. Marie Stopes

Files

Collection

Citation

Dr. Marie Stopes, “Birth Control News 1.1 (May 1922),” Women's Print Media in Interwar Britain, accessed September 25, 2021, https://interwarfeminism.omeka.net/items/show/37.

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