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PREFACE
CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
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CHAPTER-8-9
CHAPTER-10-11
CHAPTER-12-13-14-15
CHAPTER-16-17
CHAPTER-18-19
CHAPTER-20-21-22
CHAPTER-23-24-25
CHAPTER-26-27-28
CHAPTER-29-30
CHAPTER-31.1
CHAPTER-31.2
CHAPTER-31.3
CHAPTER-32
CHAPTER-33
CHAPTER-34-35-36-37-38
CHAPTER-39-40-41-42
CHAPTER-43-44-45
CHAPTER-46-47
CHAPTER-48
CHAPTER-49-50
CHAPTER-51
CHAPTER-52-53
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1-2
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CHAPTER-5-6
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CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO 

 

BIRTH CONTROL OR THE LIMITATION OF OFFSPRING 

 

Knowledge of Prevention of Conception Essential--Misapprehensions 

Concerning Birth-control Propaganda--Modern Contraceptives Not 

Injurious to Health--Imperfection of Contraceptive Measures Due 

to Secrecy--Prevention of Conception and Abortion Radically 

Different--More Marriages Consummated if Birth-control 

Information were Legally Obtainable--Demand for Prostitution 

Would be Curtailed--Venereal Disease Due to Lack of 

Knowledge--Another Phase of the Birth-control Problem--Knowledge 

of Contraceptive Methods Where There Was a Taint of Insanity, and 

the Happy Results. 

 

 

No girl, and no man for that matter, should enter the bonds of 

matrimony without learning the latest means of preventing conception, 

of regulating the number of offspring. With people who consider any 

attempt at regulating the number of children a sin, we have nothing to 

argue, though we believe that there are very few people except among 

the lowest dregs of society who do not use some measures of 

regulation. Otherwise we would see most families with ten to twenty 

children instead of two or three. Nor do I intend to devote this 

chapter to a detailed presentation of the arguments in favor of the 

rational regulation of offspring. It would have to be merely a 

repetition of the arguments that I have presented elsewhere.[8] But a 

few points may well be touched upon here. 

 

In spite of the fact that the subject of birth control is much better 

known now than it was when we first started to propagate it, still it 

cannot be mentioned too often, for the misapprehensions concerning it 

almost keep pace with the propaganda. First, there is a foolish notion 

that we would try to regulate the number of children forcibly, that we 

would compel people to have a small number of children. Nothing could 

apparently be more absurd, and still many people sincerely believe it. 

Nothing is further from the truth. On the contrary, much as we are in 

favor of birth control, we advise limitation of offspring only to 

those who for various reasons, financial, hereditary or hygienic, are 

unable to have many children. We emphatically believe that couples who 

are in excellent health, who are of untainted heredity, who are fit to 

bring up children, and have the means to do so, should have at least 

half a dozen children. If they should have one dozen, they would 

deserve the thanks of the community. All we claim is that in such an 

important matter as bringing children into the world, the parents who 

have to carry the full burden of bringing up these children should 

have the right to decide. They should have the means of control. They 

should be able to say whether they will have two or six or one dozen 


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