Eugenic Argument Essay

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Register to read the introduction… One eugenics advocate noted that "over 2,000,000 immigrants [are] below the average Negro" (26) on a series of IQ tests, the racist and eugenic history of which are well documented. The construction of African Americans as inferior served to further alienate immigrants from the nation, for they fell below what was actively constructed as the bottom of the American social ladder. Analogies such as these, Ordover argues, are essential to a eugenic rational; "enshrined" social prejudices and hierarchies are transposed onto a second issue, while simultaneously reinforcing the first. The very power of such analogies rest their ability to "bring together a system of implications, whereby other features previously associated with only one subject in metaphor are brought to bare on the other" (100). Here, anti-immigrant sentiment was given a helpful structure of American inferiority and superiority with which to understand …show more content…
If the problem is the inherent inferiority and deviance of poor women's bodies, then the American legal, political and social systems are not at fault, and do not need to be remedied. If queer people have queer bodies, then queer people are readily identifiable, and the boundaries between queer and normal people are therefore concrete, which relieves the cultural anxiety over a normal person slipping into deviancy. Eugenic ideology depends on an impulse to solidify boundaries by casting out the deviant group on whom society's failings can be blamed, as well as faith in technological fixes to social problems. These impulses, understood in their historical context, loom even larger, and the necessary political response can be obscured by rhetoric of free choice and national improvement. Ordover serves to pull the rhetoric away, placing recent eugenic movements in their proper historical and political

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