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American Female Genital Mutilation: Would You Even Know?

I dislike tabloid journalism and am revolted every time I pass through the check-stand at the market.  However, I had believed Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) (removal of the clitoris in most cases) was practiced only in primitive, male dominated societies where literacy was … Continue reading

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Robert Reich: The Republican’s Social-Darwinist Budget Plan

For those with curious bent Social Darwinism may seem to be a fuzzy concept.  So, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Darwinism provides a (relatively) non-technical explanation.  We know that arctic hares that are white in the winter turn brown in the summer.  Those that do the opposite … Continue reading

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Eugenics and Forced Sterilization in America

Thousands Sterilized, a State Weighs Restitution Andy McMillan for The New York Times The Eugenics Board of North Carolina sterilized Charles Holt when he was a teenager. By KIM SEVERSON, Published: December 9, 2011 LINWOOD, N.C. — Charles Holt, 62, spreads a … Continue reading

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Peru: Fujimori’s Plan for Forced Sterilization

This looks and smells like “eugenics” revisited.  From time to time old movements become new again.  Eugenics is one of those.  Its wide attraction is to those who want children who are strong and smart and happy.  Most of us … Continue reading

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Are your genes good enough to be passed on?

No Irish Need Apply Eugenics: A world movement at the turn of the century Lest we forget American attitudes prior to WWII, here is an old testament to what we really thought about racial superiority in the good old days.  … Continue reading

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