SYG 2000 The Birth Control Pill Sociology Essay
Assignment – The Pill
It might seem strange to you, but the invention of the birth control pill affected sexual relations, dating, marriage, and reproduction in the United States in revolutionary ways. In fact, in 2010, Time magazine named it the most important invention of the 20th century. I would like for you to explore this invention as a powerful mechanism of social change.
- Margaret Sanger is credited with the invention of the birth control pill and also the founder of Planned Parenthood. She is most often presented as a heroine and advocate for women’s rights and birth control. By reading the following two sources, you will see two very different sides of her.
- First, read People & Events: Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) (Links to an external site.) about her advocacy for women and work to end Comstock laws.
- Next, read The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda by Margaret Sanger (Links to an external site.) about a darker look at her early work that supported eugenics and the promotion of infertility among racial minority women and women with intellectual disabilities.
- Under “The Film and More,” select Primary Sources. Read the 1966 article The Pill: Negatively Affecting US Morals? (Links to an external site.)
- Watch the PBS film, The Pill [Duration: 56:11]