Monday, September 08, 2008

Marie Stopes may be a hero to you but she doesn't mean sh*t to me

You can tell a lot about a person from their correspondence; what they write and who they write it to. Marie Stopes wrote gushing letters to Adolf Hitler.

"Dear Herr Hitler, Love is the greatest thing in the world: so will you accept from me these (poems) that you may allow the young people of your nation to have them?"

Marie Stopes was an ardent racist eugenicist who disowned her own son because he married a woman who wore glasses. By Stopes' extreme standards this was pretty restrained. She was an advocate of compulsory sterilisation of the "unfit" which as this entry in the invaluable Eugenics Watch makes clear, included anyone who wasn't a perfect Aryan specimen: the "C3 population", "half-castes" and revolutionaries.

It was in furtherance of Stopes' aims that her Society for Constructive Birth Control opened dozens of clinics in working class areas to reduce the number of undesirables by persuasion if force was politically impossible.

Oswald Mosley and Lord Haw Haw have been rightly consigned to the historical scrapheap for their nazi sympathies but Stopes' face will adorn 50p stamps in a month's time. That's not just because she's a birth control pioneer but because the anti-natalist movement was and is so soaked in the dodgy politics of misanthropic population control and eugenics that it can't be too choosy about its heroes. Just pity the poor mugs who, lacking all self respect, play along with the reactionary farce.


Anonymous paddy garcia said...

Shocking, Dr. Mengele on a stamp next, after all they were of the same ilk.
Why liberals and the left seem to overlook the face that she was a real nasty piece of work and even praise her I really don't understand.
There are clinics and services named after her all over the world, no campaign to at least have them renamed, why not? Are otherwise decent caring people so deluded?
Guess it comes as no surprise that the "liberal" press has no mention of this at all, the only reference i can is an article by a right wing journalist in the torygraph:

9/09/2008 6:28 PM  

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