Chemical castration  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Chemical castration is a form of castration caused by hormonal medication which reduces libido. It is used mainly by countries as a preventive measure or punishment on people who violate their laws on sexual behavior, for example those who have committed rape or child sexual abuse or who are homosexual (as in the case of mathematician Alan Turing). It has also been used by eugenicists as a means of preventing people the government deems inferior from breeding, and was practiced in many states during the twentieth century.

Historical use

During the Third Reich, experimental procedures involving injection of chemicals, hormones and mutative radiation techniques, such as intentionally exposing individuals’ genitals to X-Ray, were employed by the Nazis as a form of racial sterilisation. Individuals deemed ‘undesirable’ or ‘subhuman’/'untermensch' were subjected to such processes. Concentration camps including Auschwitz were places of abundant human specimen that the Nazis used to experiment different techniques in order to successfully and calculatedly sterilise suathes of the 'undesirables' in the wider German population. Examples of the drugs the nazis used on individuals are formalin, novacain, progynon, and prolusion. Depo-Provera, a progestin, is a drug that is sometimes used on sex offenders.

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