Don’t be fertile, be economical!

SayNo-BabiesSomehow there is a lot to complain about these days: it starts with the German weather and ends with Americans who don’t appreciate a health reform. In between there is the poverty in India and the exploitation of children as labor force, the phony afghan election and French politician who travel to Thailand to buy sex etc.

It’s really tough and all these topics arouse my curiosity and make me mad at a certain point, but my favorite one is the anxiety of western governments to die out.


Many European countries have a fertility rate of 1.3 way under the replacement rate. They face the same issue: their population becomes older and decreases. Why are women not so eager anymore to become little baby pop-out machines?

 A lot of it has to do with a higher and more expensive life standard and women who find their self fulfillment in their career and not in front of the oven.

 Having children today is an expense most people don’t want to shoulder. Not just clothes and education play a big role, but also nannies, hobbies and the time factor. It’s hard to be a good parent and accomplish work at the same time.

Corinne Maier author of ‘40 good reasons not to have children’ luckily shares my point of view. Children are hard work and most times you will get judged from the outside how you perform as a mum or dad.

I refuse to give up on a career just to become fertile and make the German state happy. I rather be honest and don’t follow the expected path, than having some kids without wanting them.

 Also third world countries follow this trend. Best example is Iran. In 20 years the fertility rate decreased from 7 to 1.5 per family. Asian countries as well as Africans follow.While human progress, they become richer and less fertile.

drop in birthrate over the years

1798 Thomas Malthus was already afraid that population growth will cause a resource depletion. Not just food will become scarce also the average CO2 production will cause global warming, with consequences like mass migration, water shortages etc. All in all you don’t do any good by popping out more children.

So I ask you to be responsible, use contraception and be economical!

4 responses to “Don’t be fertile, be economical!

  1. accurate, accurate, accurate. I think it is someone’s private business how many babies they decide to pop out. If you want a lot, more power to you. But those who don’t want a mini pre school should not be judged by those with a different point of view. I dont think that decreasing fertility rates and the pill are controversial, but rather the governement trying to tell people how to live their lives.

  2. Rebecca Parlakian

    The decision to have children is such a private, intimate one — and often not a decision at all, for women who live in countries where it is impossible to access contraception or for couples who, for whatever reason (including waiting until they are self-actualized to have children) find they are infertile. It is also a decision that evolves as you grow older–when I was 20, I was very much focused on the international career in business I was going to have, while ten years later (married, in love, settled) the pull to have children was strong. I can assure you that, although one may consider the expense, the time, and all the other negatives, it is not (in my experience) these factors that shapes one’s decision to have a child. It is something deeper, more powerful, more primal. There is something about a baby.

    Should the government be promoting baby-making? Probably not. Do they have to? Ultimately, probably not. It’s unlikely to see the decline of Western Civilization any time soon. However, do national growth models need to be revised to reflect lower fertility rates — yup. And then, when they get home from all doing that, maybe a glass of red, some Ella Fitzgerald, and see where it leads…

    • I absolutely respect your opinion and if somebody is such a good and loving mum as you are, there is nothing to condemn. Also the US doesn’t face the issue that its fertility rate is below replacement. According to my knowledge it is around 2.1 per family. Do European governments ask you to be more fecund? Yes they do! Meanwhile they don’t guarantee preschool spots and put single parents in a difficult position through higher taxes.
      I also agree that contraception is not available everywhere especially in rural areas. Nevertheless it is astonishing to see a declining rate in Indonesia, Iran etc.
      Supposedly it depends on the educational standard. I’d like to emphasize that I’m not against children -I love them as long as they’re not mine- though I metonymic with the Economist that a lower rate can’t harm the planet and its economical and biological equilibrium.

  3. I totally agree! Babies are awful and as they grow up, they only get worse!

    It’s strange. In my country, abortion is a hot-topic issue, usually between the religious conservatives who think abortions should be illegal (some of whom may also be against birth control in general) and liberals, who think it should be the woman’s choice. I, however, think that the liberals are in the middle ground of this issue and the extreme left should be fighting for mandatory abortions for all! Everyone — men, women and children — must get an abortion regardless of whether they are pregnant or not! How come I never hear politicians fighting for this?

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