As always missing the forest for the trees.
I don’t know if they do it deliberately or they are just really stupid but total focus on the economic while ignoring the social kind of negates the intent of the latest directive out of the European Union which “asked that all new European policies be evaluated for their effect on demography”. It will be a total and complete wash if they don't examine how these custody wars incited by men and gender neutralized feminists have negatively impacted motherhood.
Since if anyone wants to know what is really impacting women’s child-bearing decisions, all they have to do is look at the impact of gender neutral custody on our societies and the vast number of custody wars, abductions, fighting over visitation, child support, etc., which it has incited in every country across the western hemisphere today.
Even countries that imitate our legal system and other democratic institutions such as Japan are pulling this same crap now. I understand women are subject to these custody wars now over there as well. I mean I read with absolute disgust the Japanese Prime Minister’s story of his divorce, when he was visiting President Bush last month.
PS: a horror.
Of how he got custody of his two sons from his first wife and NEVER LET HER SEE THEM AGAIN…they were like 4 and 7 years old at the time…his ex-wife was pregnant with their 3rd child and he tried to get custody of that infant as well as soon as he was born, but the courts said no. So what did he do. He spitefully decided he would NEVER SEE THAT BABY or to let their mother or him see his brothers.
The boy is now 16 years old and NEVER SAW HIS FATHER as his older brothers now in their 20s NEVER SAW THEIR MOTHER AGAIN after the divorce.
They weren’t allow to…
AND this, btw, is our strongest ally in the Pacific, a totally useless unprincipled monster like this.
Anyway, Japan wonders why women don’t wish to have children over there?
It’s pretty obvious that few women are going to take the leap of faith today that their own mothers took in deciding to have any kids at all. Unless they are either alone as a single mother, relatively protected from having some jackoff harassing her and her kids for the next 20 odd years (and even single motherhood is not 100% guaranteed protection as the Bridget Marks fiasco and even the Jerica Rhodes situation showed us, since the courts are perfectly fine with just about anybody getting custody of a mother's children) OR in a rock-solid relationship with no chance of divorce.
AND guess what: those rock-solid relationships with no chance of divorce don’t exist anymore…
So any women would be pretty much a damn fool to take a chance on this today.
I mean I look at women like Paul McCartney’s wife or David Letterman’s girlfriend and have to think: are they crazy having kids with those men???? As who knows WHERE those relationships will be in a few years time and then what????
Actually looking for a man with a lot of resources to marry and have a family with USED to be something women did…today it’s really just the opposite. As marrying and having kids with an elite man is a total waste of time from the perspective of most women IF they intend to have kids with these men.
If not, then it doesn’t matter, of course…do what you want.
Anyway, in spite of the propaganda out there regarding how gender neutral we all are, guess what: women make the decision to have or not have kids…women are the final arbitrators of that choice.
Men are bit players in that regard as much as they hate to accept this fact; that the world doesn’t revolve around them in every situation.
AND women ain’t going to be having any kids, if they see they can be lost to them in a few years time…What don’t people understand about that????
The New York Times
European Union’s Plunging Birthrates Spread Eastward
By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
Published: September 4, 2006
PRAGUE — Pushing their newborns in strollers along Na Prikope, Prague’s main shopping street, Jelena Heitmankova and her two friends get emotional as they describe their desire for more children. But, although they’re only nearing 30, they know their broods will probably end with the one child each has now.
“Having children here is expensive, and there is no structure: no services, no baby-sitting,” said Ms. Heitmankova, who is on maternity leave. “It would be nice if there were still nurseries, like when I was a child,” she said, referring to free Communist-era child care.
After a long decline, birthrates in European countries have reached a historic low, as potential parents increasingly opt for few or no children. European women, better educated and integrated into the labor market than ever before, say there is no time for motherhood and that children are too expensive anyway.
The result is a continent of lopsided societies where the number of elderly increasingly exceeds the number of young — a demographic pattern that is straining pension plans and depleting the work force in many countries.
The European Union’s executive arm, alarmed by the trend, estimates that, if birthrates remain this low, the bloc will have a shortfall of 20 million workers by 2030.
Immigration from non-European countries, already a highly contentious issue in much of the European Union, would not fill the gap even if Europe’s relatively homogenous countries were willing to embrace millions of foreign newcomers, experts say.
A recent RAND Corporation report on low birthrates warned of serious long-term repercussions, concluding: “These developments could pose significant barriers to achieving the European Union goals of full employment, economic growth and social cohesion.”
Throughout Europe, women have delayed having children, or opted out entirely. But the free fall in births is most recent and precipitous here in Eastern Europe, where Communist-era state incentives that made it economical to have children — from free apartments to subsidized child care — have been phased out while costs have skyrocketed.
New, vibrant market economies provide young people with tantalizing alternatives. Lukas and Lenka Dolansky, both journalists, would like a sibling for their 3-month-old son, Krystof, but they are not sure that would be practical. “We want to go abroad, study, have a career,” Mr. Dolansky said. “Our parents didn’t have those opportunities.”
The result is birthrates that are the lowest in the world — and the lowest sustained rates in history. European Union statistics put the rate at 1.2 children per woman in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Latvia and Poland, far below the rate of 2.1 needed to maintain population.
Western European countries are also suffering: Greece, Italy and Spain have had rates of 1.3 and under for a decade.
But Eastern Europe is faced with a double whammy: plummeting birthrates combined with emigration to Western Europe for work, made easier by membership in the European Union.
As countries begin to feel the demographic crunch, Europe’s birth dearth is becoming a political issue. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany pushed through a package of family-boosting incentives for working women in June, and President Vladimir Putin warned in May that Russia’s population decline was critical. Almost all governments are increasing baby bonuses.