Friday, April 24, 2009

Margaret Sanger a Feminist Heroine?!

Some feminists say that Margaret Sanger is a feminist heroine, an early feminist icon. I have to wonder if they are familiar with all of Sanger's ideas. If they are, I have to wonder about their own values.

"Mrs. Clinton Can’t Defend Patron Saint of Planned Parenthood" by Mona Charen (at National Review Online)

Ms. Charen writes:


Mrs. Sanger was certainly a birth-control pioneer. But when you examine the totality of Mrs. Sanger’s views, you’d think modern feminists would blanch — at least a little. Margaret Sanger was a most thoroughgoing racist. “Eugenics,” she wrote, “is the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political, and social problems.”
She also writes:

Representative Smith asked Secretary Clinton to respond to Mrs. Sanger’s views about the “deterioration in the human stock” and “the perpetuation of defectives, delinquents, and dependents.” As Goldberg has observed, conservatives are always asked to “own” their intellectual forebears and to disavow that which requires disavowal. Yet liberals skate by without having to distance themselves from the dreadful opinions and writings of their heroes and heroines.
We would all do well to consider the whole person before we hold anyone up as a role model--a hero or heroine.

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2 Comments:

At 12:46 PM, Blogger JR said...

“Eugenics,” she wrote, “is the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political, and social problems.”

We all know that a lefty would never condone "The Final Solution" in any form,.......................would they?

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger Mary A said...

I suspect it would depend on who would be the victims of said Final Solution, sad to say. After all, our own DHS has pretty much defined conservatives as potential terrorists--which is rather interesting in light of how peaceful and polite the tea parties were, as opposed to those demonstrations engineered by Leftists, which are often violent and destructive.

 

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