Thursday, January 12, 2006

Margaret Sanger

When I was a child I liked finding female heroes. One was Margaret Sanger. I read about her and I saw a TV movie about her starring Bonnie Franklin; by the time I was in junior high school I "knew" Sanger was a great female hero who had rescued women from drudgery and, in many cases, saved their lives. A little later into my teens, I discovered that Sanger and a lot of the other early birth control advocates were eugenicists. That made me uneasy, but I told myself that it was okay, really, that eugenics was such a popular thing at the time that even nice, intelligent people could be excused for falling prey to it.

I've long since stopped making excuses for Sanger. More recently (the past four years or so) I've started wondering if she and others like her really did women many favors.

Here's some sites with more information:

A column by Mike Adams.


Writer78 said...

Mike Adams is something else, isn't he? Often I don't agree with his snarkiness, yet I still read him because he makes some excellent points. Thanks for an eye-opening read.

Suzanne said...

Yes, I think Mike Adams sometimes goes a bit too far, but I've had a soft spot for him ever since the first column of his I saw. In it he responded to a question about "how he could kill and eat such beautiful animals as deer" with a referral to some hunting videos and a couple of recipes! Maybe it's my rural roots showing that makes me laugh at that; I miss deer meat.

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Suzanne said...

I really enjoy finding other pretty
smart Suzanne people...yeah, that's my name...Suzanne...glad you wised up to old Sanger too!