On a personal level, all we want is some empathy (not pity, please, no more pity!) and an awareness that, as childless women, we are navigating life on the margins of society and, if childless not by choice, are often weighed down by unresolved grief and perhaps a mountain of IVF debts. On a political level, we would welcome a discussion on the underlying structural reasons for the current levels of childlessness. It hasn’t been this high since a generation of women born around 1900 were first robbed of potential partners by a world war, and were then hit by the Great Depression, which made children a choice many couldn’t afford. What are the reasons this time?
You deleted the other man’s comment but the fact remains that the feminist movement is largely responsible for the situation. From “free to be you and me” through “sex and the city” the indoctrination was thorough and the damage is evident for those with eyes that can see. Best not to be in denial, that future generations might learn from our mistakes.
I disagree but am tired of having this same argument ad nauseum.
It’s your blog, and I wish you peace, health and prosperity.
I agree, Exurban Bourbon — best not to be in denial so that future generations learn from our mistakes. It’s a bitter pill for me to swallow.
Hi Rachel, and thanks. It’s possible that even the frankest reckoning with our misfortune would do nothing to stop the — what can we call it? — degeneration. With our hostess’s permission, here’s a paper that suggests larger, natural forces at work, beyond the mere political or psychological:
The Population Cycle Drives Human History – from a Eugenic Phase into a Dysgenic Phase and Eventual Collapse
“The full cycle requires the destruction of social order and a disorientation of female individuals away from the normal pattern of successful reproduction and rearing of offspring. Western societies call such behavior “emancipation” and “feminism.”
When I read reporting like this, it makes me question whether English is my native language.
Wow, Exurban Bourbon, that’s tough read that you linked to! I’m probably not getting all of it! I just think that many women regret not having children and that they’re better off starting earlier rather than later! The later they leave it, the more likely they will end up turning to medical intervention or simply won’t conceive at all.