The Sterilization Movement and Global Fertility in the Twentieth Century Ian Robert Dowbiggin

ISBN: 9780199719990

Published: May 14th 2014

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The Sterilization Movement and Global Fertility in the Twentieth Century  by  Ian Robert Dowbiggin

The Sterilization Movement and Global Fertility in the Twentieth Century by Ian Robert Dowbiggin
May 14th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 281 pages | ISBN: 9780199719990 | 9.78 Mb

Many would be surprised to learn that the preferred method of birth control in the United States today is actually surgical sterilization. This book takes an historical look at the sterilization movement in post-World War II America, a revolution inMoreMany would be surprised to learn that the preferred method of birth control in the United States today is actually surgical sterilization. This book takes an historical look at the sterilization movement in post-World War II America, a revolution in modern contraceptive behavior.

Focusing on leaders of the sterilization movement from the 1930s through the turn of the century, this book explores the historic linkages between environment, civil liberties, eugenics, population control, sex education, marriage counseling, and birth control movements in the 20th-century United States.

Sterilization has been variously advocated as a medical procedure for defusing the population bomb, expanding individual rights, liberating women from the fear of pregnancy, strengthening marriage, improving the quality of life of the mentally disabled, or reducing the incidence of hereditary disorders. From an historical standpoint, support for free and unfettered access to sterilization services has aroused opposition in some circles, and was considered a liberal cause in post-World War II America.

This story demonstrates how a small group of reformers helped to alter traditional notions of gender and sexuality.



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