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Much has been written and televised about Mike Wallace since his recent death.  This is an interview from 1957 with Margaret Sanger.  It is hard for me to realize that I was already nine years old at the time - was this really such an issue during my lifetime?

Of course, we seem to be heading back that way, and some of us have been shaking our heads in wonder that birth control seems still to be an issue for certain people (most of them men) and is back in our public discourse.

One would think that the extended cigarette commercial, with Mike Wallace holding a cigarette and talking about its pleasures would be more controversial in 2012 than the subject of birth control, but we seem to have entered a time-warp where this is not so.  Somehow women are supposed to be incapable of controling their sexual appetites without the spector of a child held before them.  Men seem to be immune to this.

So here is the interview:

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Old people are like old houses - lots of character, but the plumbing leaks.

    by ramara on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 02:44:14 PM PDT

  •  fascinating! (2+ / 0-)
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    Nova Land, ramara

    On the one hand, how refreshing to hear a journalist actually pursue a line of questioning, asking someone to expand and defend their thoughts.
    On the other hand, how amazing to hear Wallace laying out the proposition that birth control is immoral because the Catholic church says it is.  Given the time frame, one can only imagine what it was like for Sanger in the 20's and 30's.  
    and the contradiction between him shilling for Phillip Morris and then acting like a journalist on another subject. . .    I wonder how he felt about that at the time.  
    Thanks for posting this.

  •  OMG~ (2+ / 0-)
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    Nova Land, ramara

    What a ham-handed production!  It's hard to tell who was the most nervous...  It is sad that Wallace kept her on the defensive by sniping and cutting her off.  Even though the point was to  have "open, intelligent discussion", she still got sand bagged.  Her anxious offer to start smoking seemed like an apology for being a 'bad girl'.  The shit she had to eat for this cause would have choked a lesser person, and she carried on undaunted to the end.  We owe her so much, and the recent efforts to undo all her work and all the sacrifice by so many for so many years is beyond despicable.
    Thanks for the blast from the past.  We can't let them get away with this.

    Too soon old, too late smart.....

    by DvCM on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 04:58:03 PM PDT

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