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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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