Friday, September 01, 2006

I Hope My Sons Learn This

From what passes these days for a brave man over at Forbes:

Guys: a word of advice. Marry pretty women or ugly ones. Short ones or tall ones. Blondes or brunettes. Just, whatever you do, don't marry a woman with a career.

Why? Because if many social scientists are to be believed, you run a higher risk of having a rocky marriage. While everyone knows that marriage can be stressful, recent studies have found professional women are more likely to get divorced, more likely to cheat and less likely to have children. And if they do have kids, they are more likely to be unhappy about it.

Read the essay by Mr. Noer and the extraordinarily weak rebuttal.

Of course, one consequence of marrying that career gal is that she will be less likely to want, and have, children. Newsweek recently looked at the growing trend globally toward childlessness, and its acceptance in a culture that is increasingly self-absorbed.

The sudden collapse of childbearing to levels below replacement rates in virtually the whole of the Western world is the greatest issue of our time. A few statistics: In Japan, 56 percent of 30-year-old women are childless; the fertility rate in Greece is 1.3 per woman; in Germany, the childless rate is the highest in the world, at 25 percent; in Russia, the birthrate has dropped from 2.3 in the 1980s to 1.3 today. Europe--the cradle of Christendom, is dying.

In the bad old days, says Newsweek, those who spurned marriage and children were seen as "spinsters," or worse: "Powerful social and religious taboos labeled childless women as barren spinsters, and cast suspicion on the sexual preferences of single, middle-aged men."

But now, "In the space of a generation, that tight social corset has largely vanished."

And so, the death of Western Civilization is in fact liberating. When I read that Rotterdam Holland is now 40% Islamic, I do wonder for how long our European cousins will relish their newfound "freedom."


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