Woman And The New Race

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Within the literature of ‘Woman and the New Race’, Sanger challenges the extent of the use of birth control and questions whom it will benefit aside from women should it become available. According to Sanger, birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defective . For Sanger, “in compliance with nature’s working plan, we must permit womanhood its full development before we can expect of it efficient motherhood”, therefore women must be able to choose when they are fully developed and are ready to bring a child into the world out of choice. A choice which was most certainly available for women despite using methods as “coitus interruptus” which seemed the only logical alternative when women had no knowledge of how their bodies worked. ‘Why the woman rebel?’ challenges the criticism which Sanger received as a result of her radical and controversial publications but Sanger continued to adopt the title ‘Woman Rebel’ with pride since in her eyes a “woman’s freedom depends upon awakening that spirit of revolt within her against these things which enslave her” , which again emulates how the chains which hold women back are located within their own bodies. The start of a woman’s freedom lies dormant in the spirit of revolt and it is this sense of rebelling from the social norms which Sanger projects as a
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