Highlights from 24. September 2014

Everything’s Political!





The beautiful Caesalpinia pulcherrima, also known as the Peacock Flower, was employed as a political weapon in the 17th century: with its aid, black slaves on plantations in Suriname entered into a ‘childbearing strike’ for the purpose of improving their working and living conditions: http://en.muvs.org/topic/childbearing-strike-for-better-working-conditions/

In the future, individual fertility will possibly be controlled by the push of a button: in 2018, the market launch is planned of a chip that dispenses the hormone levonorgestrel, which hinders conception, for 16 years. That is, unless the woman turns it off temporarily: http://en.muvs.org/topic/contraception-via-microchip/

 

Visit the Museum for Contraception and Abortion (MUVS), Mariahilfer Gürtel 37, 1150 Vienna, open Wednesday to Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m., or visit our website on http://en.muvs.org/ and our facebooksite http://www.facebook.com/eMUVS.