Summary Of Birth Control By Margaret Sanger

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Margaret Sanger discusses the importance of female access to contraceptives in her piece titled “Birth Control”. Sanger argues that “no woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother”, implying that birth control is the key to any form of autonomy (Sanger 144). Sanger is aware that it takes two to tango, however emphasizes that a women’s body is hers and only hers to protect. Motherhood can be an occupation in itself, which is why women should be able to choose whether or not she wants to apply for the job. With motherhood comes time consuming tasks and a large range of responsibilities, that today average to about 4.5 hours per day.…show more content…
Men’s time, according to the New York Times article “How Society Pays When Women’s Work Is Unpaid”, is more divided more equally, allowing time for paid work, leisure and even relaxation. Women, on the other hand, rarely have time for themselves, which is why motherhood and domestic responsibility should be solely her decision to engage in. Sanger understands that sex, especially between a married couples, is going to occur. She highlights that “whatever men may do, [a woman] cannot escape the responsibility [of motherhood]”, thus she must take whatever actions necessary to gain bodily autonomy and easy access to birth control to in order to “please” her husband if she so chooses, while still considering herself (Sanger
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