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    history lesson time girls: Another time the US govt tried to control women's bodies

    There are no words. When I read about stuff like his, my initial reaction is denial, "Nooo, not in America," until reality and history hit and I'm like, "Ohhh, yeah, in America, all over America."

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/31/b...na-mccall.html

    Stern’s is the first book-length account of the “American Plan,” a government-sponsored “social hygiene” campaign under which thousands of American women between the early years of the 20th century and the 1960s were forced to undergo gynecological exams, quarantine and detention, *all in the name of protecting the country’s citizens from sexually transmitted infections.

    Stern was a freshman in a lecture course at Yale when his professor mentioned that government efforts to combat sexually transmitted disease had included confining prostitutes to concentration camps. As Stern recounts, he stopped taking notes and turned to Google: “I typed in ‘concentration camps for prostitutes.’ Nothing. I went to Wikipedia and entered the same search. Nothing. This was strange.”

    ...his book is a brilliant study of the way social anxieties have historically congealed in state control over women’s bodies and behavior — at times with the complicity of medical authorities. It should come as no surprise, but appalls nonetheless, to learn that more than one government enforcer of the American Plan also played a key role in the notorious Tuskegee syphilis study, in which infected black men were deliberately denied treatment and left to sicken and die. Unchecked power over those who have little, Stern warns, is a peril that should keep us on high alert today.
    *is it just me or his "this is for the public good" become a cloak for exerting control over others, even if encroaching on civil rights violations. I'm staring to think Americans would drown their own baby if a politician told them it was "For the good of the country."

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    Re: history lesson time girls: Another time the US govt tried to control women's bodies

    Wow. I have added this book to my "reading list." Yet another bit of history that got lost, stolen, or strayed.

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    Re: history lesson time girls: Another time the US govt tried to control women's bodies

    Quote Originally Posted by Thad1527 View Post
    Wow. I have added this book to my "reading list." Yet another bit of history that got lost, stolen, or strayed.
    Yup. Yup, and yup.

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    Re: history lesson time girls: Another time the US govt tried to control women's bodies

    I already knew about these horrific tests, who needs Josef Mengele when you have this lot.

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    Re: history lesson time girls: Another time the US govt tried to control women's bodies

    Some days I am reminded that I really can't even.

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    Re: history lesson time girls: Another time the US govt tried to control women's bodies

    Quote Originally Posted by rareboy View Post
    Some days I am reminded that I really can't even.
    Strangely, if this happened today and was exposed people would dismiss it as a cockamamie gubment conspiracy.

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    Re: history lesson time girls: Another time the US govt tried to control women's bodies

    Quote Originally Posted by fabulouslyghetto View Post
    Strangely, if this happened today and was exposed people would dismiss it as a cockamamie gubment conspiracy.
    FOX News wouldn't even mention it.

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    Re: history lesson time girls: Another time the US govt tried to control women's bodies

    Quote Originally Posted by Thad1527 View Post
    FOX News wouldn't even mention it.
    Unless the policy was implemented by democrats, then they wouldn't shut up about it

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    Re: history lesson time girls: Another time the US govt tried to control women's bodies

    I'd be shocked if we weren't *still* living in a country that considers sex workers subhuman. I've seen a terrifying number of people defend the rape of prostitutes and porn stars based on the victims' profession.
    Recently I heard a 'wise guy' story that I had a party at my home for twenty-five men. It's an interesting story, but I don't know twenty-five men I'd want to invite to a party. ~Joan Crawford

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    Re: history lesson time girls: Another time the US govt tried to control women's bodies

    Quote Originally Posted by LilBit View Post
    I'd be shocked if we weren't *still* living in a country that considers sex workers subhuman. I've seen a terrifying number of people defend the rape of prostitutes and porn stars based on the victims' profession.
    It's really confusing, we're a "Christian family values conservative" nation... with a multi-billion dollar porn industry and sex scandals are a regular part of the news ticker from Hollywood to Capitol Hill. everybody's doing it, but only in darkness and ignorance. Cuz soon as we try to drag it all out into the light so people can have a healthy, balanced and most of all informed sex life, suddenly naw we're prudes again.

    And I'm still laughing at Jasun's earlier assertion that there's no excuse for ignorance about STDs cuz we have smart phones. Right, cuz the internet isn't full of misinformation and outright lies. And Lord knows when most teenagers get their hands on the new iphone 94651 the first thing they're gonna do is look up how not to contract chlamydia.

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