Eugenics: Breeding for the "Public Good" - Tosa Book Club

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March 06, 2014


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I couldn't put this book down. Through the characters, I thought that the author did a great job of making the seemingly black and white topic of eugenics much more gray and interesting.


I really disliked reading this book because it was so upsetting to me, but I would hope that the case of Eileen cited above was an extreme case. I'm sure at that time, a woman with several children to take care of and no easy access to contraceptives may welcome eugenics. But to sterilize a 14-year-old for being "promiscuous" is horrible. The issues surrounding teen pregnancy and welfare dependence certainly haven't gone away, but I assume the introduction of oral contraceptives helped to stop these eugenics programs.

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