The great tabu : a half century of population and family planning communication

dc.contributor.author Stycos, J. Mayone
dc.contributor.author East-West Communication Institute
dc.date.accessioned 2020-10-23T02:09:28Z
dc.date.available 2020-10-23T02:09:28Z
dc.date.issued 1977-05
dc.description "This project was supported by the Office of Population, U.S. Agency for International Development, AID/csd-1059."<br><br>For more about the East-West Center, see <a href="http://www.eastwestcenter.org/">http://www.eastwestcenter.org/</a> en_US
dc.description.abstract The author discusses the tabus on contraceptive and sex-related communication that have been common throughout history up to the present. He traces the development of the birth control movement and shows how, in order to gain legitimacy, Margaret Sanger and other early leaders had to drop their stress on female, sexual, and social liberation and to "desexualize" family planning communications. As a result, the emphasis in birth control messages shifted from sexual consequences to social benefits, thereby making family planning acceptable to the medical profession and the eugenicists. Because Western ideology has dominated the international planned parenthood and population planning movement, current family planning communications, worldwide, reflect these Western attitudes toward sex and reproduction. The author discusses current problems in family planning communications including the quality of family planning communication personnel, the small percent of family planning budgets devoted to communications, the lack of good, useful communications research, the agro-communication bias that assumes the ideal communication strategy for family planning is interpersonal communication, and the myth that communicating family planning is more difficult than communicating new ideas in other sectors of development. The author concludes by speculating on the future of population communications. en_US
dc.format.extent vii, 25 p. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/70161
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher Honolulu, HI : East-West Center, East-West Communication Institute en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries A synthesis of population communication experience. Paper;4
dc.subject.lcsh Communication in family planning en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Family planning en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mass media - Social aspects en_US
dc.title The great tabu : a half century of population and family planning communication en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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