September 6th, 2008 by Aurora
“the elite cannot go on giving the gifts of freedom, wealth and prosperity to the world if …all our gifts to you are to be swamped by an indiscriminate torrent of progeny. (W)e cannot make the social life and the world-peace we are determined to make, with the ill-bred, ill-trained swarms of inferior citizens that you inflict upon us.” (H.G. Wells)
Britain is introducing a new 50p stamp which will feature the face of Marie Stopes. The stamp comes out from 14 October 2008. By enshrining and honoring Stopes in this way, Britain announces to the world its priorities and values. So who is Marie Stopes?
Marie was born 15 October, 1880 to a privileged family. Both parents were university educated and spent much of their time traveling around Europe, satisfying her father’s interests in archeology and palaeontology. Her mother, Charlotte, was fashionably feminist. From this fertile ground of idle, educated aristocracy sprang one of the most perverse and amoral women of the 20th century, a eugenicist who advocated the sterilisation of poor women to promote the “welfare of the race”.