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Margaret Sanger, "Humble Pie," Apr 1914.

Source: " The Woman Rebel, Apr. 1914, p. 9 Margaret Sanger Microfilm, Collected Documents Series C16:0523."


The Postmaster did not like the first number of the WOMAN REBEL. He even took the trouble to tell the WOMAN REBEL so. He advised her not to send any more copies through the United States mails. He said the WOMAN REBEL was unmailable under Section 211 of the Criminal Code, as amended by the act of March 4, 1911. Of course the Postmaster was acting within his rights. He is empowered by the federal government to stop the circulation of any printed expression of honest convictions. It is a crime to have honest convictions in these United States. It is a crime to express them publicly. It is a crime to send them through the mails. Therefore the WOMAN REBEL has not yet been informed which of her views were so displeasing to the Postmaster, but whatever they were, she hastens to agree with the Postmaster that she was absolutely mistaken in these views. She realizes that the Postoffice is always "right," since it has the monopolized POWER to enforce that "right." Therefore the WOMAN REBEL, humbled and repentant, curtseys coyly to the Postmaster and apologizes for the expression of any opinion that is unmailable under Section 211 of the Criminal Code as amended by the act of March 4, 1911.

The WOMAN REBEL has decided to be patriotic. It pays, you know. If, last month, the WOMAN REBEL suggested "race control" the daily papers discreetly expressed the problem, this month she switches over for large families, like Mr. Roosevelt. This great and glorious country needs children--to uphold its great and glorious industrial system, its great and glorious public schools, its great and glorious silk mills and mush factories, its great and glorious, its magnificently equipped, and efficiently conducted asylums for the insane and feeble-minded, its reformatories and juvenile courts, its noble slums. Let us sing "My Country, Tis of Thee!" And "My Country Tis of Thee" is mailable under Section 211 of the Criminal Code as amended by the act of March 4, 1911.

In order to comply with the rules and regulations of the government, the WOMAN REBEL may be forced to become indecent and to advocate a total ignorance of Sexual Hygiene for woman. As the purpose of the WOMAN REBEL is to stimulate her readers to think for themselves, and to act according to their own convictions, let them be not surprised or dismayed at her mildness and meekness this month. Mildness and meekness, the attributes of a feeble mentality, are mailable according to Section 211 of the Criminal Code as amended by the act of March 4, 1911. This suppression may not be as important to you as to us, for you are not suppressed. Do not forget that you have a voice to protest and fight against a censorship that is busy suppressing scientific truths that the working people are demanding.

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