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User Info Demographics Is Destiny; entered at 2023-11-07 10:12:51
Starrynight
Posts: 190
Registered: 2021-11-26
I think it's undeniable in recent decades there's been a "war on the family" that is destroying the social ideal and the personal desire for young people to tie the knot and have kids. Whether it's a coordinated effort to undermine family life or not, you can see a confluence of factors like easy divorce and LGBT normalization that have the effect of destroying the very idea of the family, that sex is connected to reproduction, and the love and commitment that go along with it.

Speaking from personal experience, all of my aunts and uncles got divorced. My parents are the only couple among their brothers and sisters who stayed together. That had a big impact on the kids in my family in my generation: I got a good example of mom and dad staying together through good and bad, while my cousins all were traumatized by their parents' divorces. Only three cousins got married, only two had any kids. I suspect they are afraid of commitment and didn't have a good model of loving parents that they can follow, to even know what true marital love even is.

You know, after the Russian Revolution the Bolsheviks did a social experiment by trying to put the sexual ethics of Marx and Engels into public policy. Easy divorce, easy abortion, state-run childcare, etc. It totally screwed up their society through the 1920s into the 1930s, when Stalin then decided to re-introduce rather conservative sexual morality and family structure. So behind the Iron Curtain, there was a relatively conservative idea of sexuality until 1989. The sexual revolution and feminism of the West didn't occur in the 1960s and 1970s in the communist countries. That's one of the few good things that might be said of life in Eastern Europe during communism!

But the demographic dilemma of today comes down more to technology than anything else. Birth control -- whether condom, pill, sterilization, abortion, or whatever -- gives people the power to decide whether to reproduce, which is unprecedented in history. And as I said above, most people today, when given this choice, don't want a lot of kids, whether they live in rich Seoul or poor Mexico City.

Finally, I would say that pornography could be another factor. The widespread, easy, free availability of pornography may actually diminish peoples' ability to develop healthy, fruitful romantic relationships. Regardless of whether you think porn is immoral, you can see this affect on many people. Real human relationships are too hard, too emotionally messy. Having kids is hard, and expensive. Many people -- not even looking ahead 20 years -- just have a sense that it's too hard.
2023-11-07 10:12:51