12 June 2020

Marie Stopes, snob, ageist, antisemite, Hitler-admirer, homophobe, eugenicist, and abortionist

Every cloud, however nasty, has a silver lining for somebody. So it is not surprising that the vested interests involved in the Abortion Industry have enthusiastically grasped, with both hands, the opportunity to propagate their own highly specialised ideology during the pandemic crisis. With thousands dying each day, what better time is there to add a few more thousand to the fires!

There is a lot to be said for keeping a firm grasp on where this particular ethical tradition comes from. So ... never forget Stopes! Does anybody know [ironytriggerwarning] of a statue of her which we could go and pull down?

This unappealing woman is still a heroine of that sinister movement which spans pre-War Eugenicism, 'Birth Control', and the current Age of Abortion Victrix. It is hardly surprising that she was also anti-Semitic. I wonder if Hitler ever read the gushing letter she sent him in August 1939. The poor fellow might have been too busy at just that moment to keep up to date with the correspondence he received from daft admirers. What a shame.

But I wonder how many people realise what a homophobic bigot she was.

Catholic moral teaching, of course, regards genital homosexual acts as intrinsically disordered. It enters a similarly negative judgement against contraceptive sex, even within Marriage. Not to mention  Masturbation and all those -philias. It has no specific bias against humans belonging to any 'orientation', simply against whatever is contra Naturam. At its best, it is dispassionate, logical, and avoids ranting. It loves the person, however frequent his/her lapses, whatever it feels it has to say about the sin.

But there is something profoundly weird about the Stopes. During 2018, the centenary year of the birth of the (homosexual) artist John Minton, an interesting exchange between the pair of them in the letter pages of the old Listener came to light and, hardly surprisingly,  attracted comment.

Writing about Oscar Wilde, Stopes talked of "the abnormal and filthy practices which he had been indulging with stable boys", and went on "one only has to look at the portrait of the gross middle-aged abnormal man in his forties beside the exquisite body and face of the young man in the early twenties ..."

It's all here, isn't it: the risible class preoccupations ('stable boys') ... Ageism ... antifattyism ... the facility with which she sprinkles the word 'abnormal' around ... but, in addition, I think she reveals something rather amusing about her own sexual preoccupations ... poor silly frustrated old woman.

Hardly surprising that Ruggles ... er ...


10 comments:

Matthew said...

I don't know about a statue, but I'm heartily glad I live nowhere near Stopes Avenue, by a strange quirk occupying a prominent position in the heart of the Kentish see city of one of the Anglican Flying Bishops. It's even got what I take not to be the home of his Kathedra just off it. Should it perhaps be suggested that he might appropriately petition for its renaming? https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Stopes+Ave,+Ebbsfleet+Valley,+Swanscombe+DA10+0BE/@51.4348912,0.3157004,37m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x47d8b69ca11cb981:0x84b2a40cd271a7d4!8m2!3d51.4343368!4d0.3158996.

E sapelion said...

Many of youe adjectives here are justified, but Stopes was no suppoter of abortion, she spoke out strongly against it, arguing that effective contraception made it unnecessary, as well as immoral.

Thomas said...

I think there was a Royal Mail issue of stamps in her honour a few years ago. A public burning of any that remain might be appropriate, but much more to the point would be protesting outside offices of The Marie Stopes Institute demanding that they publicly repudiate her toxic views, not to mention the various 'clinics' that carry her name and actively engage in mass genocide of the youngest and most vulnerable human beings on a daily basis.

And while we are on the subject of British involvement in the slave trade, shouldn't we be removing public memorials of Elizabeth I who kicked it all off by personally paying for the international criminal John Hawkins to sail his pirate ship to Africa and fill it with human cargo and sell them in the New World of America. She also passed a law banning any Africans from living in England (it wasn't successfully enforced). Time to get rid of all traces of "Bloody Bess", surely?

Pelerin said...

I was hoping there would ba a comment on your last post asking from which book your quote came. Please could you tell us.

Anthony said...

The Civilisation of Love must gather itself imminently against the Forces of Death. It's a simple, terrible battle now and it is ours to join. May God strengthen us and have mercy upon us all.

John F H H said...

In answer to Pelerin, it sounds like Fr.Bernard Walke at St.Hilary during the destructive Protestant agitation there

Prayerful said...

Marie Stopes did clearly oppose abortion publicly and harried abortionists through the courts using the laws of the time. She was also deeply critical where a friend played a part in procuring abortion. However in her private correspondence, and some of her published work, her position is more mixed. That being said, Marie Stopes did more to oppose abortion than most Catholic bishops. That's something to think about, our lord bishops. Something about chocolate teapots.

Grant Milburn said...

First young Alexander threw Pachamama into the Tiber, and now, throwing statues you find offensive into the nearest river has become a favourite pastime of folks both liberal and conservative.

coradcorloquitur said...

The difference being as great as the chasm of Hell and the golden gates of Heaven: the heroic act of a faithful Catholic confronting the blasphemy of Pachamama as a grotesque pagan deity being honored (if not worshiped) in the heart of the Catholic Church (it should have been burned first before being hurled into the Tiber); the toppling of Columbus statues and other men the Left finds offensive as a result of their culpable historical ignorance and bigotry while smearing their historical achievements, not to mention the artistic value of the statues and the civilization-smashing sentiment with which the iconoclastic Left shows its hatred of Western civilization. Quite a difference between the two, I'd say!

fitzhamilton said...

Grant Milburn, one must make a distinction between statues and idols. Statues are merely molded forms, three dimensional depictions of persons or things - in the public or liturgical context commemorations, meant to evoke contemplation and veneration. An idol is the physical representation of a demon, a vile satanic icon manifesting demonic spiritual presence. Defacing or destroying an ordinary statue may either be appropriate or offensive (even sacrilegious), depending upon the justice of the vandals' motives and the context. Destroying idols is, on the other hand, an imperative act of divine justice and spiritual mercy required of all Catholics and Christians. This wherever they are found, but especially when they desecrate any precinct of the Catholic Church. The proper way of treating an idol is to first completely smash, then burn the thing attended with prayers of exorcism before throwing all residual ashes into the sea.