Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Birth Control reflected in girls' names

Note, Mary is the #1 name until 1962 when it falls to second place. Then it begins to drop rapidly down the list, until it is completely gone by 1972.

And what was going on during that decade?  Legalized sale of the birth control pill in North America, plus almost complete rejection of Humanae Vitae in 1968, the long-awaited encyclical by Pope Paul VI on contraception.

Reject the life issue and reject the faith. It's all downhill from there on.

Parallel to the abandonment of the name Mary is the decline in the number of children per family.

The facts speak for themselves.


Elena said...

I don't know if it's that cut and dry. There is also the fallout from WWII to consider.

Julie Culshaw said...

Wouldn't that show up earlier? in the 50's?

Rebecca said...

I wonder if this has anything to do with the ridiculous trend of giving baby girls BOY'S names - James, Maxwell, etc. If I were the kid, I'd be really annoyed at getting a name like that. Ha.

Elena said...

There is a blip in the 50s that begins to demonstrate a loss of faith. The impact of both great wars set the stage for the advent of the sexual revolution.