Effects Of Birth Control In The 1950s

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Birth Control has always been a topic of controversy in America, generating large opposition and actions to regulate it. The regulation of any form of birth control was made final with the Comstock Act being passed in 1873 that was a, “federal law that made it a crime to sell or distribute materials that could be used for contraception or abortion”. This act created by and enacted by Anthony Comstock, caused a long and troubling path for feminists attempting to break the patriarchal society and gain the freedom to control their own bodies and choices. The virdict was supported throughout the years and by the 1950s many opinions of religious people, political persons, and most men who accepted traditional gender roles continued on the path of…show more content…
Overall, birth control in the 1950s faced a surplus of regulations and opposition due to gender roles in the patriarchal society that was present at the time.
Religion in the 1950s was a very important aspect to many citizens living in America. The amount that religion affected the population was shown by the increase of religious groups at the time, it was stated in “The 1940s: Religion: Overview.” from American Decades, “..by 1950 more than 55 percent were members of religious groups, a figure that would increase to 69 percent by the end of the 1950s.” However, this number had not been the same throughout 20th century America. The amount of people in America that had been going to worship their religious figures during the Great Depression was a very small percentage of Americans. The number only started to increase after World War II came to a closing and brought major economic prosperity to America. This burst of church growth in America during the time
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They were unfit of any responsibility other than being a wife and mother to their children due to the traditional gender roles present in the patriarchal society of the time. “Gender Roles and Relations” from Encyclopedia of American Social History, stated that “...Gender roles, assume that men and women should, even must act differently, according to rules appropriate to their gender alone”. These gender roles from the 20th century separated men from women on the basis of superiority and abilities. Men had the idea that they were to control their families by being the head of their house, that they were to take care of all the so called “manly” duties, and lastly that they were to control their wives as well. Men believed they had the ability to control what a woman did to her body, and in that sense, when it came down to the birth control debate, men chose to further the acceptance of the idea of another item being able to control a woman. The religious aspect, along with the male superiority aspect attributed to this feeling of most men during the

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