Women's History

Stopes, Marie C. | Radiant Motherhood

  • First edition, first impression.

    Radiant Motherhood was the most explicitly eugenic of birth control advocate Marie Stopes’s books. Though most of the chapters detail the physical and emotional effects of pregnancy and parenthood for both men and women, chapter 20, “The Creation of a New and Irradiated Race”, explicitly describes the “increasing ill-health and deterioration of our race” and the “vast and ever increasing stock of degenerate, feeble-minded and unbalanced who are now in our midst and who devastate social customs” and suggests Parliament legislate sterilisation of these categories by several means, including irradiation.

  • ...A Book for Those Who are Creating the Future. London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Ltd., 1920.

    Octavo. Original plum cloth, titles to spine gilt. 9 pages of integral publisher’s ads at rear. Spine rolled, cloth a little rubbed and dulled with a couple of small marks, endpapers and half title toned. A very good copy.