Marie Stopes' Criticisms

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Stopes' reading on the subject prompted her first book 'Married Love', which was published in 1918. The book was condemned by churches, the medical establishment and the press but was very popular, selling 2,000 copies within a fortnight. Thousands of women wrote to ask her advice. Marie Stopes became famous overnight, and used the publicity to advance her cause. Stope’s first book Married Love published in 1918 was condemned by churches, the medical establishment and the press. However, the book was so popular it was sold 2,000 copies in two weeks. Stopes became popular and famous having thousands of women asking her for advice. Stopes used her publicity and fame to back up for her causes. On its release, Married Love gave Stopes overnight fame. More than 2000 copies were sold in a fortnight and it was the first sex manual published in the UK. Many letters are available in archival collections that were written by women thanking Stopes for her work and asking for information on birth control. The book was labeled "immoral" and "obscene" by the church, the media and the medical community. In two weeks time, Married Love sold 2,000 copies and it was the first sexual manuscript or book ever published in the UK. Numerous women wrote letters to Stopes thanking her for her work and asking for advice on the information of birth control even if the book was condemned by the church, the media, and the medical community as immoral and obscene. Marie Stopes established her clinic in 1921. The purpose was, however, seen as a prevention of births of so many of the racially inferior working class, of those she described as “the inferior, the depraved, and the feeble-minded”. That’s why her clinics were founded in poor areas. Her slogan was: “Joyful and Deliberate Motherhood, A Safe Light in our Racial Darkness.” She believed, as she wrote in her book Radiant Motherhood (1920), that “the sterilisation of those totally unfit for parenthood [should be] made an immediate possibility, indeed made compulsory.” She contributed a chapter to The Control of Parenthood (1920), which was a sort of manifesto for her circle of eugenicists, arguing for a “utopia” to be achieved through “racial purification”. Stopes’s clinic in 1921 was conveyed as a prevention of births of many inferior working classes as she had described in her book as “the inferior, the depraved, and the feeble-minded”. It is why her clinics can be found in poor areas. Her slogan was: “Joyful and Deliberate Motherhood, A Safe Light in our Racial Darkness.” She believed, as she wrote in her book Radiant Motherhood (1920), that “the sterilisation of those totally unfit for parenthood [should be] made an immediate possibility, indeed made compulsory.” She contributed a chapter to The Control of Parenthood (1920), which was a sort of manifesto for her circle of eugenicists, arguing for a “utopia” to be achieved through “racial purification”. In 1922 a book was published called Birth Control by a Roman Catholic doctor, Halliday Gibson Sutherland. The book attacked Stopes over her advocacy of the cervical cap, describing the cap as "the most harmful method [of contraception] of which I have had experience" associating her birth control campaign with a writer convicted of obscenity for publishing on birth control 45 years earlier. Sutherland did not respond to a challenge to debate the issue, so a writ for libel was issued against him. In 1922, a Roman Catholic doctor Halliday Gibson Sutherland published a book called Birth Control which attacked Stopes on her support for the cervical cap as he had said that it was "the most harmful method [of contraception] of which I have had experience". Marie Stopes was later convicted for obscenity in her work 45 years earlier on the topic of contraception. Sutherland accused Stopes of using poor women as experiments. Stopes strongly denied the charges and sued Sutherland for it. However, Sutherland later was cleared of charges but this also...
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