Anti-Puberty Pill

In 1969, British health officer Dr. J.V. Walker proposed the development of a pill "to give young people to delay the onset of sexual maturity until they leave college and could earn their own living." Walker felt certain "it should not be difficult to develop a hormone preparation for the job."

Such a pill would certainly change the college experience for most people.

Akron Beacon Journal - June 1, 1969

A bit of research revealed that this J.V. Walker was Joseph V. Walker, health officer of Darlington. I couldn't find a fuller description of his anti-puberty pill, but I did come across a letter he sent to the Health Education Journal (March 1, 1970) in which he worried that young women would develop into "promiscuous addicts" if they didn't preserve their virginity until marriage. I suppose his pill would help with that goal as well.

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 13, 2018
     Category: Health | 1960s | Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

The way that letter is written and signed, makes me think it could have been penned by Graham Chapman, one of the Pythons. He expounded on various silly subjects in exactly that tone.
Posted by John on 03/13/18 at 10:43 AM
Not so silly. IIRC Graham was studying medicine.
Posted by BMN on 03/13/18 at 11:29 AM
Too bad fascism has gone out of style. This fits well with that concept.
Posted by Virtual on 03/13/18 at 12:02 PM
The Weird Universe is the one all you fellas are in. Every society that ever existed except yours, which would be every society in the world today except Western society, accepts that sexual opportunities and behaviour carry great risk and should be taken seriously as a result.

It's your Mickey Mouse culture extended to sexuality that makes you treat a serious matter so trivially.

Weird indeed.
Posted by Hagava on 03/13/18 at 05:05 PM
This guy never had kids of his own or he would know the whole idea of "innocent children" is a vain hope.
Posted by eddi on 03/13/18 at 10:34 PM
To answer your comment, BMN, Chapman was a qualified physician. I recall a mention, by Palin, I think, that he was called upon to treat crew members on one of the movie sets a few times.

As for the rationale for the anti-sex drive pill, the reproductive drive is so strong in humans at such a young age due to the fact that until the last hundred years or so humans, on average, didn't survive much past their early to mid thirties. If you didn't make a new human in your mid teens chances were that you wouldn't live long enough to see any grandchildren. In modern times old, permissive attitudes towards young ones making babies are viewed with alarm and we try to extend their childhood as long as possible. Good luck with that!
Posted by KDP on 03/14/18 at 03:02 PM
An adult male preoccupied with teen sexuality? What could possibly go wrong?
Posted by Brian on 03/14/18 at 08:49 PM
Until the last hundred years or so, humans simply didn't sexually mature before they were fifteen and their hips were fully formed; there are records about that in various anthropological studies. Since the invention of artificial hormones, though, female puberty comes earlier, because those artificial hormones end up in the water we drink. Water treatment plants don't remove them and every couple of years, there is a newspaper article talking about hormones in water, male fish becoming female, reproductive problems in humans, etc. As a result, girls menstruate at 10 to 12 years old nowadays, thirteen-year-old mothers-to-be get premature babies that cannot pass through their tiny hips and have to be removed by c-section, the recordwoman of youngest mother is a seven-year-old girl who started menstruating at 5, another girl started menstruating at 18 months (she wasn't even potty-trained yet) and her parents had to give her anti-hormones to stop the process. Dr Walker's pill became a reality, at least for these girls. It's still not perfect, though; the girls will remain dwarves all their life because women's growth stops when they start menstruating, and there are many side effects, which makes it unavailable to the general population. However, we can start dreaming of a pill that would allow girls to grow for a longer period and start menstruating at fifteen like in the Roman Empire, and if those pesky hormones keep producing menstruating babies, this pill might come earlier than we think.
Posted by Yudith on 03/16/18 at 08:51 PM
Hagava: not Western, Anglo-Saxon. In Europe, we can only shake our heads at the English and American idea that a halfway decent sexual information causes premature fornication and keeping children in the dark with an abstinence-only "education" prevents child pregnancy.
Posted by Richard Bos on 03/17/18 at 08:15 AM
My daughter was wonderfully pretty and obviously had inherited her mother's flirt gene. When she hit ten years old, I started hoping/praying she'd turn out to be a lesbian. I'd have given anything for a supply of those pills!
Posted by Phideaux on 03/17/18 at 12:27 PM
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