chapter  11
19 Pages

Sex, Population, and Environmental Eugenics in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake snd The Year of the Flood

WithRachel Stein

For [certain early twentieth-century eugenicists and conservationists] environmentalism and eugenics were points along the same continuum. There is a certain historical consistency in the perception among strands of contemporary environmentalism that efforts to save the planet from toxins and corporate greed are intimately connected to population control. … It is an associative link that is especially frightening because it lends a veneer of not only rationality but also progressiveness to reactionary, racist, and inherently coercive legislative and medical tactics.