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The Pill Birth Control Eugenics Movement Discussion

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The Pill
What did you learn about Margaret Sanger and the eugenics movement? In the
early days of her work, why did she target minorities and mentally retarded
women? Why do you think this part of the story is not mentioned in Sociology
textbooks and women's rights organizations?
I learned that Margaret Sanger and the eugenics movements were from personal experience.
Margaret Sanger wanted to discover the pills after her mother passed away at the age of 50 years
old from tuberculosis. Her mother had 11 children and seven miscarriages. When she died
Margaret blamed her death on her father. Facing her father over her mother's coffin, Margaret
yelled, "You caused this. Mother is dead from having too many children."
The eugenics movement is a social development that is fixated on enhancing the hereditary
makeup of the human populace by disposing of unfortunate qualities conveyed by people. The
movement aimed at making the American population healthier by giving the people the right to
decide on their parenthood. (Genetics Generation.com)
Margaret Sanger targeted minorities and retarded women because she wanted to ensure that
the baby's that were born were birth by healthy women and that did not have unhealthy genes
that could be passed down to the baby. Margret did not consider mentally retarded or minorities
women healthy. She claims that mothers that are mentally retarded were not able to take good
care of the kids and mothers that were minorities were not wealthy enough to take care of their
kids. The reason this is not in sociology textbooks is that it was discriminative and racist. It also
minimized people to have kids.
What connections can you make with Sanger's early attempts to target minorities
and the minority populations today that access birth control and abortion clinics?
Sanger wanted the minority to have access to the birth controls so that it was their choice
if they wanted to have a kid or not. She wanted them to decide within and not let society decide
for them. For example, women could not use birth control without their choices being
considered. Sanger's mother died from having too many children. Giving birth to 11 kids and
having 7 miscarriages made her weak and she also had no control over how many kids she
wanted to have. Sanger did not want minority women to experience the same thing. She chooses
to give today's women the power to make decisions about their child's births and parenthood.
Discuss how Sanger and her scientist can be seen as leaders of a social
movement. Both did not live to see the full implementation of this product.

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Sanger and her scientist were the founders of the birth control pill, they would be perceived as
the leaders of the social movement that advocates for sexual freedom and for women to have
control over their parenthood.
What did you think of the 1966 anti-pill article? What connections do you see
between what was said here and current discussions of sexuality and reproduction?
The 1966 anti-pill article is similar to the anti- abortions campaign in 2019. The anti-pill
article describes the pill as women using the pills to be promiscuous, disobeying religion and
women are looked down upon for not wanting to have kids. In 2019 if a woman wants to get
an abortion she is looked down upon, disrespected, and called everything but a woman. The
anti-pill article and the anti-abortion campaign both judge women for making their choices
about their body. In 1966, most of the people taking the pill were college students and some
high school students. The students were taking the pill because they did not want a baby.
They were condemned for it. The article also had an issue about high schools teaching sex ed
to girls. In 2019 if a woman has an abortion it is considered the worst thing ever, even though
it is the women body and her decision the women can have an abortion for any reason, the
birth of the child might affect her health, ca not afford to raise a child, or is not ready for one.
In 2019 it worst, because there are now laws that are stopping abortion, there are even laws
that if a woman has an abortion she can face jail. In 1966 and 2019 both women are and were
being policed about their bodies and their life decision. Most importantly this just shows that
women are held at a higher standard. For example, in 1966, men were able to have sex freely
and wear a condom, but when a woman wants to do the same, she is called precious.

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The Pill • What did you learn about Margaret Sanger and the eugenics movement? In the early days of her work, why did she target minorities and mentally retarded women? Why do you think this part of the story is not mentioned in Sociology textbooks and women's rights organizations? I learned that Margaret Sanger and the eugenics movements were from personal experience. Margaret Sanger wanted to discover the pills after her mother passed away at the age of 50 years old from tuberculosis. Her mother had 11 children and seven miscarriages. When she died Margaret blamed her death on her father. Facing her father over her mother's coffin, Margaret yelled, "You caused this. Mother is dead from having too many children." The eugenics movement is a social development that is fixated on enhancing the hereditary makeup of the human populace by disposing of unfortunate qualities conveyed by pe ...
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