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Joycelyn Elders

  • ... given a choice between hearing my daughter say 'I'm pregnant' or 'I used a condom,' most mothers would get up in the middle of the night and buy them herself.

    • Joycelyn Elders,
    • in The New York Times ()
  • We really need to get over this love affair with the fetus and start worrying about children.

    • Joycelyn Elders,
    • in The New York Times ()
  • [On masturbation:] I think that it is part of human sexuality, and perhaps it should be taught.

    • Joycelyn Elders,
    • United Nations conference on AIDS ()
  • Masturbation never got anybody pregnant, does not make anybody go crazy, and what we're about is preventing HIV in our bright young people.

    • Joycelyn Elders,
    • in Laura Flanders, "Dr. Joycelyn Elders: Marijuana, Masturbation and Medicine," The Nation ()

Joycelyn Elders, U.S. pediatrician, public health minister, and former Surgeon General of the United States


Born Minnie Lee Jones.