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are reading issue No. 09 - Including "THE BIRTH CONTROL PILL" - June/July 1959
Historically significant as one of the earliest articles published on this gigantic culture-changing subject, and written while oral contraceptives were still very illegal in the U.S. Also published with a commendable measure of brinksmanship, as information on this topic risked a hostile response from any number of groups and institutions of that time. Note then, the clever anthropological angle, including the "translated from spanish" instructions on how to take the pill on page six. The FDA would later approve prescription and distribution of the pill in 1960, but not without tragic health complications for many women in the first few years due to the dosage exceeding ten times the current amount. Also in this issue, and of note, see: IN DEFENSE OF THE BEAT GENERATION (pg 14) and Robert Anton Wilson's letter on Page Two.
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