Character Sketch. The Right Hon. James Stansfeld, M.P., G.C.B.
Regular Feature, Biography
Sex, Hygiene, Public Health, Morality, Endeavour, Heroism
Josephine E Butler
Praises James Stansfeld for 'the part which he took in leading, and ultimately in bringing to a triumphant close, the campaign against the C. D. Acts', a 'piece of work the like of which has not been done by any man in our time [...] comparable in some degree to the heroic exertions made [...] to secure the emancipation of the slaves and the abolition of the slave trade. Although the work was no less arduous it was far more repulsive'. Fighting for the idea that 'that which is morally wrong can never be hygienically right', Stansfeld openly took on the 'medical tyranny', even though the 'horror of the subject was such that it could hardly be explained on the platform or exposed in the press'. (516) Observes that the victory gained finally in 1886 came 'only after twenty-five years' hard fighting' (519).
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