The Highlights from 23 August 2011

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One of the advantages of modern contraceptives is their ease of use. Things were much different circa 1900: rather than taking a pleasant nap after an orgasm, women had to jump from the bed and rinse out the little gift they had just received. And hope that fertilisation had not taken place. Read about wriggling tails and immobilised spermatozoa on


But if conception had already taken place, motherly instincts were called for. Failure to exhibit them is commonly regarded as indicating a bad person, wrote East German author Charlotte Worgitzky: “Well, she’s missing something, she’s less than complete, not a real woman, she’s ambitious, doesn’t think about anything but her career, she’s cold.” Read more about Worgitzky’s 1983 novel Meine ungeborenen Kinder (“My Unborn Children”) on


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