|• Main||• Contacts|
making this broad assertion I, of course, have in mind not only the
modern methods urged by the advocates of scientific contraception, but
also the "control" and regulation observed by married persons in either
total abstinence from the marital relations for a stated time, or else
the abstinence from such relations during certain portions of the lunar
month, the latter method (somewhat uncertain, however, in its efficacy
in some cases) being apparently favored by certain ecclesiastical
authorities as the "only moral" method.
In view of the above facts, which might be enlarged and extended if
necessary, it is seen that as soon as man rises above the level of the
beast or savage--as soon as he begins to manifest culture and
civilization--he begins to exercise a certain "control" over the
procreative FUNCTION, and in the direction of the limitation of the
size of his family of offspring. The contention of the modern advocates
of scientific Birth Control is that the "new ideas" on the subject are
simply a natural and inevitable evolution from the degrees of "control"
which man has exercised since the time he emerged from savagery. The
later developments are no more "unnatural" than the earlier--nor the
accepted methods and forms any more "natural" than those which are now
opposed by the more conservative elements of society.
When anyone begins to talk about things being "natural" or "unnatural,"
respectively, he should tread softly and watch his steps carefully. For
at every step he treads upon instances of "unnatural" modes and methods
of living. Strictly speaking, it is "unnatural" to wear clothes, or to
cook food, or to live in houses, or to ride in conveyances or on
horseback. All of these things have been evolved by the use of intellect
and reason, and are not instinctive or "natural" to man. Birds build
nests, wasps build shelter, hornets build homes, bees build honey-combs,
worms build cocoons, snails build shells--all by instinct and
"naturally"--and the young of such species do not have to be TAUGHT how
to do these things. But the young of the human race requires to be
taught such things as above mentioned as having been evolved by man in
the course of his rise from savagery--instinct will not do it for them.
And all of these things outside the plane of instinct, and within the
plane of intellect, cannot be called "natural" in the strict sense of
You think that I am exaggerating the matter, perhaps. Well, then, I ask
you to consider the meaning of the two terms which I have employed so
Page 6 from 7: Back 1 2 3 4 5  7 Forward