Anthropometric Measurements

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These ERO documents from the “Negro-Chinese” trait file profile a young woman who was institutionalized for “truancy,” “immorality,” and teen pregnancy. After two pregnancies she was recommended for sterilization and her mental age determined to be 11 years 8 months, which the institution considered “normal for race.” Anthropometric measurements were taken of her entire body including “head width, “nose breadth,” and “ear prominence.”

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  • October 26, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    This is not the best example of sterilization for reasons related to intelligence. I am not at all saying that such things did not happen, just that this does not seem to be clearly case here.

    They said she had pelvic problems, had already had two C-sections, and that a third pregnancy would likely be fatal, and therefore they were recommending sterilization.


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