Fuel for the fire : law and capitalism in the birth control movements

dc.contributor.advisorSmith, Mark C.
dc.creatorBalz, John Paul
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-19T22:48:50Z
dc.date.available2022-05-19T22:48:50Z
dc.date.issued2005-05-21
dc.description.abstractThis thesis investigates the subject of birth control in the first half of the 20th century, specifically as it pertains to law, business and social activism. Courts during this period handled questions about birth control distribution with regularity. The birth control social movement pursued what it considered a promising a judicial strategy between 1918-1936, culminating in a decision that overturned 50 years of federal contraceptive prohibitions on distribution. The movement believed courts would help further its goals of establishing medically controlled birth control clinics and distributing female contraceptive diaphragms. Using a political economic perspective, this thesis argues that court decisions actually hindered specific social movement goals by fostering a market system filled with competing contraceptive options. Entrepreneurs and consumers, not activists and doctors, bore primarily responsibility for the development of birth control options. By 1950, a male contraceptive, the condom, was by far the most lucrative and popular device. This rise to dominance was no accident. It was one of birth control law’s unintended consequencesen_US
dc.description.departmentAmerican Studiesen_US
dc.format.mediumelectronicen_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/114179
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/41082
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofUT Electronic Theses and Dissertationsen_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en_US
dc.rights.restrictionRestricteden_US
dc.subjectBirth controlen_US
dc.subjectSocial movementsen_US
dc.subject20th centuryen_US
dc.subjectCapitalismen_US
dc.titleFuel for the fire : law and capitalism in the birth control movementsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US
thesis.degree.departmentAmerican Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAmerican Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US

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