Sterilization In The 1920's

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Israt Motaleb Anthropology 101 Extra Credit Assignment- Sterilization is the removal of all microorganisms and other pathogens from an object or surface by treating it with chemicals or subjecting it to high heat or radiation. The history of sterilization was very important in the United States and reproductive rights. There were 60,000 people who were legally sterilized in the 20th century. Thus, 32 states passed eugenic compulsory laws mostly affecting people with color, disabilities, criminals, and poor people. In the 1920’s, 100 of young men and women in California were sterilized on the basis of schizophrenia, epilepsy, depression, and feeble mindfulness. However, masturbation and pregnancy outside of marriage were considered immoral.…show more content…
For compulsory sterilization women by color did not focus as much about sterilization of people than with physical disabilities. It was a reproductive justice issue for white people and feminist in the U.S. for abortion. According to the podcast, it said the U.S. had to fight to bear children rather than abortion access where only white people would want to do so. The causes of sterilization was because of sectomy, suturectomy, and hysterectomy which was the surgical removal of the Fallopian tubes. Furthermore, United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Denmark, Japan, Iceland, and Finland have faced this problem. Investigators report that sterilization is an important issue as the brutal reproductive attack on tolerance and the perpetuation of rape culture. The mainstream feminism really has been defined by issues of abortion and the right not to have children. Women of color fight for the right to have children consistently. However, this has continued to the 21st century. In addition, Intersexual feminism was significant as people were not aware of this sterilization abuse. The sterilization…show more content…
Furthermore, men were the majority of sterilization victims and then intension shifted dramatically to women. The unfit mother and well-fit dependency affected many people. Plan Parenthood has led to the eugenics movement with eugenics mania occurring. The unfit motherhood was the real problem in the society. In the 1960’s, black power groups formed and race genocide occurred. However, California is an important place of history of sterilization. There were clinics in poor neighborhoods. Thus, Sterilization have affected many immigrants, women were told that if they don 't remove their Fallopian tubes they will lose their immigration rights and housing benefits. Some people argue that Sterilization is a protection not a punishment. After post WWII population in 1970-1974, there was an ¾ increase in female sterilization. Race, identity, culture, social status has affected many people, especially women in the world. Sterilized women assured their social status within their tribe. With forced sterilization there is an agency in the body. However, the bodies were considered as property just like slavery. Women activism, government regulation and practices were the closure of federal funds which were going to subsidize

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