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Woman and the New Race

2.94  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  24 reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published May 29th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published 1920)
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Aug 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Chilling obdurateness wrapped up in an eerie smile- this book shows the true face of the founder of Planned Parenthood, a racist and eugenicist, who hides behind the guise of helping women in distress. This book gave me the willies.
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Woman and the New Race is a summation of Mrs. Sanger's arguments for the legality of birth control and birth control information, and can be read by the 1920's lay person and policymaker alike. There are only two flaws in this book: One is that Mrs. Sanger's ideas have succeeded so well that you already know the facts Woman and the New Race presents from popular medical texts, gynecological advisings, and high school sex ed courses. The other flaw is that Woman and the New Race is a little bit r ...more
Margaret Sanger is the heroine of an often-forgotten war on women’s rights. Until recently the dissemination of birth control information (pills, condoms, you name it) was strictly forbidden, it was punishable under the Obscenity act, and nurses and doctors were frequently jailed for helping women prevent childbirth. Margaret Sanger, a nurse, stepped out in the fight, hoping that importing birth control and other information from Europe, where it had been proven both viable and was legal, would ...more
Originally published in 1920 (that being the edition I read), Sanger's radical exhortation in favor of contraception is a passionate polemic. She presents birth control as a solution to all the world's problems and she predicts its ultimate, inexorable triumph. It struck me to see, even this early in her career, her arguments that the "feeble minded" and immigrant poor in particular have too many children, preventing the development of "a greater race." (This is presumably the human race; or may ...more
Grace Marie
Nov 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
There are actually some good lines in this book:

“Does society value her offspring? Does it not let them die by the hundreds of thousands of want, hunger and preventable disease?”

“When I have had the confidence of women indifferent to sexual union, I have found the fault usually lay with the husband. His idea of marriage is too often that of providing a home for a female who would in turn provide for his physical needs, including sexual satisfaction. Such a husband usually excludes such satisfact
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Interesting insight into the "birth control" movement of 1920. Looking back 90 years after the fact, widespread use of birth control has not resulted in the utopia that Margaret Sanger seemed to predict - i.e. fewer wars, elimination of the practice of abortion, increased morality and spirituality of women. Sanger also did not seriously consider the problems now facing many countries of having too many elderly (non-labor) and not enough young people (labor) to provide for the care of the elderly ...more
Duncan Rice
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Definitely a feminist, a socialist, a supporter of passive eugenics, and a Malthusian. It is incredible to think that people believe Sanger is a proponent of racially based eugenics, an advocator of abortion and infanticide, and a Nazi sympathizer. There is a lot of disinformation and purposeful lies being put out about Sanger. It is best to read her work for yourself. However as with all historical literature, you must keep in mind the author's position in history. ...more
Yuri Zbitnoff
Margaret Sanger's batshit eugenics and birth control manifesto. Rife with idiotic nonsense, racism, supremacist bullshit, utopian delusions, misanthropy and cynicism. In other words, a perfect template for contemporary feminism. Vile and contemptible in almost every way.

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Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was fascinating. Margaret Sanger was a feminist who challenged society's thinking of who women are and what they want. At some points in the book I was cheering Ms. Sanger on. At other points I was appalled at her ideas. But no matter what part of the book I was in, I was fascinated. ...more
Lynette Caulkins
Becky Cook's narration of this book is excellent. I find it quite interesting to hear Sanger's arguments for women's access to birth control. I can't imagine going through Life without it! Do I agree with everything Sanger puts forth? No. For one thing, she falls for the blame-the-victim trap a bit. But she has so much good debating going on otherwise. \

Going by this book (for I have not read any other of her works), it is completely erroneous to say that Sanger's every word drips with racism or
Grace Garner
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
A brief summary:

"Overpopulation is the source of all of mankind's troubles. Therefore, giving woman freedom from the men and children who enslave them and allowing her 'feminine spirit' to flourish (exclusively by using birth control) will solve all of mankind's troubles. Also if most people do not have sex whenever they want their genitals will shrivel up and they will go crazy and die."
I'm just getting ammunition on this eugenicist psychopath. ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Since anyone deemed insufficiently loyal to the woke progressive creed of 2020 – including, apparently, Ulysses S. Grant, Frederick Douglass, Matthias Baldwin, the 54th Regiment, George Washington, Mahatma Gandhi, and even the poor elk in Portland – is getting their statues and memorials defaced, vandalized, toppled, or removed, I wonder if the puritanical pseudo-moral outrage brigade will ever train its gaze on Margaret Sanger's bust at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, considering s ...more
Apr 24, 2021 rated it liked it
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Brian Fang
This is an interesting left wing (before it was coopted by big business and infected by critical school), feminist, and humanist book advocating for birth control as a panacea for war, crime, and other social ills. Sanger's vision of voluntary birth control has largely failed, however, as idiots and fundies not using birth control are still popping them out like hot cakes. Her utopian vision requires an authoritarian state a la China with the 1 child policy for proper execution. ...more
Oct 10, 2020 added it
A little difficult to rate because some parts *cough cough* eugenics haven't aged well. It's an interesting piece of first wave feminism, well researched, argued and must have been cutting edge scientific in 1920. ...more
Daniel Ogburn
Jul 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
The founder of planned parenthood advocated for birth control but for all the wrong reasons. (eugenics)

Surprisingly, she was anti-abortion.
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
That was very interesting for the time period. Some views a little too far.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Great ideas, and forward thinking for the time, but very repetitive.
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my ultimate favorite's, she was the first to pioneer the woman's movement in the advancement of birth control. Having personally been professionally involved in the marketing and promotion of two top birth control pills from 1993 to 2001, this book was one of the first acquisitions in my library on the history of woman's health. She passed away in 1966. Topics include...Abortion, Large Families, Two Classes of Woman, Legislation, Struggle for Freedom. ...more
Jul 05, 2009 marked it as to-read
This book was mentioned in a documentary about the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger. I'd like to read it for myself. ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I mean...besides all the eugenics, she has some good points! LOL. Besides the eugenics.
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Margaret Higgins Sanger Slee was an American birth control activist and the founder of the American Birth Control League (which eventually became Planned Parenthood). Although she initially met with opposition, Sanger gradually won some support for getting women access to contraception. In her drive to promote contraception and negative eugenics, Sanger remains a controversial figure.

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