Other sex-education books: Married
Love (1931), by Dr. Marie Stopes; Sex Facts for
Women (1936), by Richard J. Lambert; and see Miscellaneous
topics on this site
Marjorie May, three booklets, 1935 main page
THE MUSEUM OF MENSTRUATION AND WOMEN'S HEALTH: ABORTION, MOTHERHOOD
Safe Counsel /or/ Practical Eugenics
by B. G. Jeffries, M.D., Ph.D., J. L. Nichols,
A.M., Ozora S. Davis, Ph.D., and Dr. Emma F. A. Drake (39th edition, 1928,
J. L. Nichols & Co., Naperville, Illinois, U.S.A.)
The book holds that the proper function of a healthy, "normal"
women is to marry and have children, indicated
by the first drawing, below. Many women find pleasure in work and motherhood,
but pleasure here is negative. Avoid women carrying tambourines!
Another drawing in the book shows that pets
are no substitute for children.
The second drawing is one of several showing two
choices, some applying to men, and what happens with each choice.
Here, the recommended choice is to have few children and for the husband
to stay home and read the paper rather than sneak out, which can lead to
his having to care for the children after his wife's death, perhaps caused
by childbirth or overwork. The "free clinic" probably provides
maternal care and maybe birth control information.
In both columns of the drawing the husband associates with the children
only if the woman is not there.
Below: see some of the volume's beautiful pen-and-ink drawings, typical
of the time.
SarahAnne Hazlewood generously donated this book to the museum.