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Marie C. Stopes

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Marie Stopes was a controversial scientist and activist in her era, campaigning for

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radical new views of love-based marriage, birth control, and women’s rights. She was a renowned palaeobotanist, specializing in issues concerning coal; these

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pursuits led her to spend several years in Japan, where she studied coal mine

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fossils. She established the first birth-control clinic in England in 1921, committed

to an abortion-free philosophy of family planning. Stopes continues to be an

ambiguous figure, her family-planning philosophies verging throughout her life on less-savory views such as eugenics and race purification. However, that she rejected fascist views of eugenics is plain by her anti-Nazi passions in later life.

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These journal entries from Japan cover the period of August 6, 1907 through January 24, 1909, and show both her incisively scientific observational powers

and a profound appreciation of the poignant beauty of Japanese culture and

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sensibilities.

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