Zorral Posted January 27 Share Posted January 27 Why is it that the only solutiong to falling birth rates, due to how miserable and expensive it is to birth children, raise them, work work work work WORK, all the time for women, who are also expected to wait hand and foot submissively to HUSBAND, and wait hand and foot and care for HUSBAND's family and her own, how it kills them, literally, is never to provide gender equality and assistance, but force them to birth multiple children, raise them, work work work work WORK, all the time, suffer illness and early death, hmmmmm? While at the same time, scarcity, famine, war and other catastrophes are rising everywhere due to overpopulation and very idea that we, i.e. the patriarchal state, needs surplus population -- because technology and automation is rapidly wiping out all work for anyone not highly (expensively!) educated and connected -- but to be eaten by a war machine -- which, for instance, has been the Russian state's policy for war since Peter the Great at least -- we aren't good with technology but we outnumber them and can keep throwing men at the other side's war machine until the machine breaks down. Women in South Korea Are on Strike Against Being ‘Baby-Making Machines’ https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/27/opinion/south-korea-fertility-rate-feminism.html? Quote After trying for over a year to persuade more South Korean women to have babies, Chung Hyun-back says one reason stands out for her failure: “Our patriarchal culture.” Ms. Chung, who was tasked by the previous government with reversing the country’s plummeting birthrate, knows firsthand how tough it is to be a woman in South Korea. She chose her career over nuptials and children. Like her, millions of young women have been collectively spurning motherhood in a so-called birth strike. A 2022 survey found that more women than men — 65 percent versus 48 percent — don’t want children. They’re doubling down by avoiding matrimony (and its conventional pressures) altogether. The other term in South Korea for birth strike is “marriage strike.” The trend is killing South Korea. For three years in a row, the country has recorded the lowest fertility rate in the world, with women of reproductive age having fewer than one child on average. It reached the “dead cross,” when deaths outnumbered births, in 2020, nearly a decade earlier than expected. Young Koreans have well-documented reasons not to start a family, including the staggering costs of raising children, unaffordable homes, lousy job prospects and soul-crushing work hours. But women in particular are fed up with this traditionalist society’s impossible expectations of mothers. So they’re quitting. President Yoon Suk-yeol, elected last year, has suggested feminism is to blame for blocking “healthy relationships” between men and women. But he’s got it backward — gender equality is the solution to falling birthrates. Many of the Korean women shunning dating, marriage and childbirth are sick of pervasive sexism and furious about a culture of violent chauvinism. Their refusal to be “baby-making machines,” according to protest banners I’ve seen, is retaliation. “The birth strike is women’s revenge on a society that puts impossible burdens on us and doesn’t respect us,” says Jiny Kim, 30, a Seoul office worker who’s intent on remaining childless. Making life fairer and safer for women would work wonders toward reducing the country’s existential threat. Yet this feminist dream seems increasingly far-fetched, as Mr. Yoon’s conservative government champions regressive policies that only magnify the problem. .... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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