Walter M. Gallichan
Walter M. Gallichan was a British journalist born on the Isle of Jersey in 1861. He was also a prolific author of 37 fictional and non-fiction works on myriad topics such as personal relationships, ornithology, sports, eugenics, feminism, and the history of Spain - one of his works being a history of the Spanish city of Cordoba, once the main power center of the Islamic Umayyad Caliphate.
He wrote a book entitled The Great Unmarried that examined the causes of celibacy, including involuntary celibacy. In it, he portrayed "involuntary celibacy" as a issue facing men of the professional classes in the era due to heightened competition in those fields and a high cost of living, but he viewed the phenomena as chiefly affecting what he describes as a "vast number of involuntarily celibate women doomed to a lonely, loveless existence and the negation of the right to motherhood". He also claims in the book that the majority of soldiers were involuntary celibates.
Gallichan was married 3 times and divorced twice, and his works are obscure and not widely read. He is mainly remembered in contemporary times as an early pioneer of sexual education.
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Other books of his contained strong anti-feminist themes, with provocative titles such as Modern Woman and How to Manage Her, and Sexual Apathy and Coldness in Women. He also authored a book on eugenics entitled The Sterilization of the Unfit. Gallichan advocated in the book (and in many of his writings) for the permanent sterilization of the "mentally degenerate".