An important figure in Freethought, Annie Besant stood trial with Charles Bradlaugh in 1877 for publishing a birth control pamphlet The Fruits of Philosophy. Like Bradlaugh, Annie Besant argued the case for birth control on Malthusian economic as well as proto feminist reasons.
The story has often been told, but myths have accumulated around it and this talk from Deborah Lavin goes back to basics, taking a new look at Annie Besant, the Hicklin Test for Obscenity and birth control as a secularist issue.
Deborah Lavin is involved with the Socialist History Society and the Freethought History Research Group. She has curated several talks series for Conway Hall Ethical Society; and she writes and gives talks mostly on the interface of 19th century radicalism, socialism and feminism. She has a special interest in 19th century thinking about birth control.
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Event is subject to capacity, without exceptions. Space will be reserved for ticket holders.
Brockway Room (Ground floor – accessible. Induction loop audio).
Tea, coffee & biscuits will be available.