The obvious consequence of Canada’s unsustainable birthrate is the decline in the number of Canadians of European descent and the subsequent loss of our culture. We cannot expect other people’s children to maintain Canadian culture.
How can we as a society encourage marriage, child-bearing, and the rebuilding of the nuclear family? This is a daunting challenge as the nuclear family has been undermined by several decades of feminist dogma. The one bright spot is that society now has considerable experience and data concerning the implications of feminism.
The first question is, Are women happy with their lives after following feminism’s dictums of putting career before family, and postponing having children until some time in the future or not at all?
A 2009 study from researchers at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania looked at what they determined to be “measures of subjective well-being” for women. The study analyzed data from 35 years of the U.S. General Social Survey (See Source #1). The study reported several findings:
- Women in the United States have become less happy, both absolutely and relative to men;
- The decline in women’s happiness is a trend seen across groups – both working and stay-at-home moms, for those married and divorced, the young and old, and across the education spectrum; and
- These same trends appeared across industrialized countries for which there are sufficient happiness data. (#2)
An article in The Atlantic magazine provides some possible explanations for this decline in women’s happiness. According to the article, “It’s time to stop fooling ourselves … the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed.” (#3)
It is sad to think of those women in their mid-thirties sitting in their cubicles at work realizing that they postponed their dreams of a family until it was too late (all the good men are gone and so has much of their fertility). It is also sad to think of those women who tried to combine children with a career who now realize that they have missed much of their children’s childhood.
What practical things could be done to rebuild the nuclear family?
- The government could provide economic incentives like higher family allowances, tax credits, etc. These incentives should make it clearly more advantageous to marry and have a family than remain single. These incentives should also make young people feel more secure about starting a family.
- Feminists regard housewives and stay-at-home Moms as failures. We need to find ways to enhance the social status of stay-at-home Moms. Their role should be regarded as among the most important — almost sacred in importance — in society.
- We could assist women who wish to continue their careers by fostering a supportive corporate culture (flexible hours, etc.). While day-care is not the best option for young children, having a day-care at the workplace would be an attractive option. There should be a greater role for fathers at home and recognition of a shared responsibility for child-rearing.
- There is now no shortage of data showing the negative effects on children resulting from divorce and single-parenting. Single-parenting should be seen as a last resort.
- Society could provide encouragement for women considering an abortion to have their babies and give them up for adoption.
These suggestions seem impossible given the current attitudes held by much of society; however, these attitudes could be changed given a concerted effort by government and private organizations and individuals.
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