English methods of birth control
1915 1915 1910s 18 pages 15 the Union or the trade solidarity of Labour (even, the little there is of it). The man with the large family is usually the drag and burden of a strike. He is the last to go out, and the first to return. The cry of hunger of several children has a subtle way of reducing...
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15 the Union or the trade solidarity of Labour (even, the little there is of it). The man with the large family is usually the drag and burden of a strike. He is the last to go out, and the first to return. The cry of hunger of several children has a subtle way of reducing the most revolutionary spirit to a minimum, and if he sacrifices the future cause of Labour to the present and urgent needs of his family, it is because Labour has not taken this question into consideration before and included it in its propaganda. I do not propagate the limitation of offspring as a panacea for all economic problems, but I emphatically do advocate it as the most necessary immediate step the workers should take in the struggle for their emancipation. The following are the methods copied from the leaflet called "Hygienic Methods of Family Limitation," endorsed and adopted by the Malthusian League of England:— A.— METHODS TO BE USED BY THE HUSBAND. 1. Withdrawal.— The simplest of all methods is that known as "withdrawal." It is practised by the great majority of French people, including the doctors. No preparation is necessary, but just as the husband feels that his fluid is about to escape he quickly withdraws from his wife's body. It is convenient to have a piece of soft linen to receive the fluid in, which can either be thrown away or washed. Great care must be taken that not a drop of fluid escapes either into or even near the wife's passage, otherwise failure may result. This method is difficult at first, and some men, especially those who drink, cannot succeed ; but it is quite reliable and satisfactory with very many people. It has the great advantage also of costing nothing, as well as of saving trouble to the wife. It should be said, however, that there are medical people who consider it injurious to the nerves of some men and women, though this is by no means certain. Married people must make up their own minds on this point, and also as to whether this method is satisfactory to them or not. When the husband is not quite sure of having perfect control, he can make more certain by keeping to "the middle fortnight" only, as described above ("Is there a Safe Period?"). It is desirable that the husband should have passed water not long before union, as if he has need to do so, control is more difficult. 2. The Sheath or Condom.— The only other method for the husband which need be mentioned is the use of the sheath, which is sometimes