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The historian Edwin Black recounts, “It was not unusual for Virginia to use its Colony for Epileptics and Feeble-minded as a dumping ground for those deemed morally unsuitable. Classifying promiscuous women as morons was commonplace.” Dr. Albert Priddy, superintendent of the Virginia Colony during the years in question, acknowledged this openly: “This admission of female morons to this institution has consisted for the most part of those who would formerly have found their way into the red light district and become dangerous to society.”

Ewen & Ewen on the use of “intelligence” tests, institutionalization, and forced sterilization to control “immoral” women. (From Typecasting: On the Arts and Sciences of Human Inequality, pg. 297)