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LESSON-4.1
LESSON-4.2
LESSON-5.1
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LESSON-6.1
LESSON-6.2
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LESSON-7.3
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LESSON-10.1
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LESSON-14
LESSON-15.1
LESSON-15.2
Contraception
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1
CHAPTER-2-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18-19

LESSON X 

 

WHAT BIRTH CONTROL IS, AND IS NOT 

 

 

The student of the progress of human affairs, or even the average person 

whose knowledge of the doings of mankind is derived from a hasty and 

casual reading of the daily newspapers and the popular magazines, cannot 

plead ignorance of the growing interest in the general subject which is 

embraced within the content of the term "Birth Control." 

 

But while the general meaning of the term is at least vaguely grasped by 

the average member of the human crowd--the individual to whom we refer 

as "the man on the street"--we find a startling condition of mental 

confusion and often positive misconception concerning the essence and 

spirit of the general idea expressed by the term in question. 

 

While the fact is a reflection upon the average intelligence of the 

general public, it must be admitted that to the average person, or "the 

man on the street," Birth Control means simply the teaching and practice 

of certain methods whereby men and women may indulge their sexual 

appetites, in or out of marriage, without incurring the liability or 

risk of conception and child-bearing. The average person does not stop 

to consider that such teachings and practices do not constitute "Birth 

Control" at all, but are, rather, merely the theory and practice of 

Birth Prevention, desirable only to those who seek sexual indulgences 

without being called upon to shoulder the responsibilities attached by 

Nature to the physical sexual union of men and women. 

 

The term "CONTROL" does not mean "prohibition," or "prevention"; but, on 

the contrary, means "governing, regulating, or managing influence." 

Birth Control, in the true meaning of the term, does not mean the 

prevention or prohibition of the birth of children, but rather the 

encouragement of the birth of children under the best possible 

conditions and the discouragement of the birth of children under 

improper or unfavorable conditions. 

 

Birth Control, in the true meaning of the term, does not mean theories 

and practices which would tend to reduce the population of the civilized 

countries of the world, but rather theories and practice which would 

inevitably result in the production of an adequate ratio of increase in 

the population of such countries, not only by reason of a normal 

birth-rate, but also by reason of a diminishing death-rate among 

infants--by the production of healthier children, accompanied by the 

raising of the standard of the average child born in such countries. 

 

Birth Control, in the true meaning of the term, therefore, is seen to 


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