The Racial Imperatives of Sex: birth control and eugenics in Britain, the United States and Australia in the interwar years

@article{Carey2012TheRI,
  title={The Racial Imperatives of Sex: birth control and eugenics in Britain, the United States and Australia in the interwar years},
  author={J. Carey},
  journal={Women's History Review},
  year={2012},
  volume={21},
  pages={733 - 752}
}
  • J. Carey
  • Published 2012
  • History
  • Women's History Review
While most historical studies position Western birth control campaigns as arising out of the women's movement, this article suggests they were primarily eugenic, rather than feminist, even if many of the leading figures were women. Birth control gained support largely through its representation as a tool for (white) racial progress and population control, rather than as an issue of women's rights. Indeed, in the interwar years birth control and eugenics were so intertwined as to be synonymous… Expand

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