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Women as Objects: Science and Sexual Politics

A feminist perspective would not hail new technological developments as "liberating" because it would realize that the oppression of women is not the result of biology but of the social constructs around it. In this respect, it is...

A History of Eugenics in the Class Struggle

Eugenics claims to apply genetic principles to the "improvement" of mankind. There are two general subdivisions in its efforts: Positive eugenics—increasing the reproduction of especially ''fit" individuals, and Negative eugenics—reducing...

Science Teaching: A Critique

In the classroom, the myth of an apolitical, benevolent science prevails. The training of a scientist involves a total submersion in technical material with little if any, historical or philosophical perspective. Research productivity is...

A Feminist Critique of Scientific Objectivity

Is there a conflict of interest between women's values and the values of science? If so, how will it be affected by the entrance of increasing numbers of women into the professions? If we are to accept the dominant liberal ideology of...

Birth Control and the Eugenists (Part 2 of 2)

As the birth control clinic movement mushroomed around the country, conflict raged about how and by whom the clinics should be controlled. Margaret Sanger still resisted relinquishing personal control of her New York clinic to the medical...

The Tyranny of Structurelessness

During the years in which the women's liberation movement has been taking shape, a great emphasis has been placed on what are called leaderless, structureless groups as the main — if not sole — organizational form of the movement. The...