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Generation Rex

April 11th, 2014 - 2:08 pm

I saw this NY Post article (via Drudge) about women having dogs instead of having kids:

America’s next generation of youngsters should be called “Generation Rex.”

If you’re wondering why playgrounds around the city are so quiet and dog runs are packed, a new report has an answer: More and more US women are forgoing motherhood and getting their maternal kicks by owning handbag-size canines.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that a big drop in the number of babies born to women ages 15 to 29 corresponds with a huge increase in the number of tiny pooches owned by young US women, reports the business-news site Quartz….

“I’d rather have a dog over a kid,” declared Sara Foster, 30, a Chelsea equities trader who says her French bulldog, Maddie, brings her more joy than a child.

“It’s just less work and, honestly, I have more time to go out. You . . . don’t have to get a baby sitter.”

The federal data behind the report show that over the past seven years, the number of live births per 1,000 women between ages 15 and 29 in America has plunged 9 percent.

Given that fewer and fewer men want to marry, I wonder how much of this dog substitute for a child is because fewer men want to marry and there are fewer choices for partners for women? Or have women just bought into the feminist propaganda that life with a dog is just better? Maybe it is for now, but will it always be?

This article says that “in the U.S., 40 percent of women near the end of their childbearing years have fewer children than they would like”:

So what’s driving this gap between ideal and actual family size? Among others things, delays in childbearing, which may be caused by increases in educational attainment, or by the lack of a suitable partner, may play a role. Starting childbearing at a later age means that there are fewer years for a woman to meet her fertility ideals, plus it increases the risk of age-related infertility.

Are women really happy being dog owners for life or is it a phase? What about when they are 40? Will Fluffy be enough?

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Crossposted at PJ Lifestlye

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Many of the comments here and especially in the linked article make clear that many social conservative men have an entitlement mentality that is not too dissimilar to that of the feminists that they decry so much. Many of these men feel that they are entitled to "owning" a woman and that generally speaking, women are not capable of independent volition and, therefor, should not have the same liberties as men.


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Are women really happy being dog owners for life or is it a phase? What about when they are 40? Will Fluffy be enough?

If she got Fluffy in her mid-twenties, by the time she's 40 Fluffy is likely to be dead.
28 weeks ago
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Does the MSM ever interview successful childess men in a non-critical way about why they don't have children? Why does the honor seem to fall only to successful, childless women? Are we to think that only women's decisions in this area matter? Is this a tacit acknowledgement that women have far more reproductive power than men, far more choice over whose genes are passed on, and who interacts with developing minds?

Perhaps this reality is not more openly acknowledged because people are reflexively uncomfortable holding women responsible for the shape of society.
28 weeks ago
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Well I think some of these women are going to be surprised about how much care and attention dogs need. They are social animals and a lot of the popular breed have chronic medical problems. The vets don't often make house calls these day and pet insurance is almost a must. Small dogs can be the worst when it comes to separation anxiety and "small dog" syndrome. Then dogs don't live as long as people do, how art they going to take it when the dog starts dying. It is not always a peaceful process esp. if you let it go too long.
28 weeks ago
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These woman (our current culture) is not our future, its our past. What our culture is being replaced by I have no idea. But our future is not made up of woman who put their careers first and think of children as a burden. These woman are all genetic dead ends. Welcome to extinction

28 weeks ago
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The question remains unanswered: Why this obsession with pushing people, particularly women, who don't want them into having kids. I understand the desire as a taxpayer to not have to pay for other people's kids (through public assistance). But this obsession from the total opposite direction is a very strange and inexplicable one.
28 weeks ago
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As the father of more than 2.2 children I find the entitlement mentality of anti-natalist singles very strange and inexplicable in that they are expecting to be taken care of by a generation whose existence they regarded as a lifestyle cramp to be avoided or as a burden due to the pittance they paid for public education or transfer payments. The preservation of personal convenience as the highest value in life is antithetical to building the future and ultimately pathetic.
28 weeks ago
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"...they are expecting to be taken care of by a generation whose existence they regarded as a lifestyle cramp..."
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My property taxes pay for a school system I don't use. And my years of working and paying taxes has helped support the generation that has come before me. Thus, I don't see the problem with this childless person being "taken care of" in the future by your kids.

Further - having done considerable volunteer work, I can tell you that hours and hours and hours of time is donated by childless people to their communities - because THEY HAVE THE TIME. People with full time jobs and long commutes barely have enough time to spend with their kids when they are not exhausted, and generally opt to spend extra time they have with them, as IT SHOULD BE.

And yes, I do run into people with kids in my volunteer gigs. But the people doing the heavy lifting: coordinating, mailing lists, holding office, marketing and outreach - are usually childless or empty nesters.
28 weeks ago
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I and most of the people I know who are childless are successful, hardworking professionals. Perhaps you should direct your ire at the hundreds of thousands of single mothers who get knocked up by cads and then marry the government.
28 weeks ago
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You simply don't know enough childless people.

Also, too many of your big money professionals keep voting for polygynous government. Ain't the successful, hardworking grocery store shelf-stockers who are making those big campaign donations to Obama via credit card.
28 weeks ago
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I've got the "belt and suspenders" method of insurance and retirement savings. I wouldn't put a kid in the world to be my personal servant when I get old. Also, I'm not sure that the world necessarily needs more people in general.

And it's not a matter of "personal convenience" today. As a man, marriage and children can simply turn you into a wage slave for the rest of your life (if the lovely bride is so inclined to do that to you).

So please don't force your crap on other people under the guise of being a swell guy and White Knight.
28 weeks ago
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No guise implied or proffered. The choice for there not to be another generation is not solely personal any more than making babies without preparing and providing. It has social and moral implications. Sorry your marriage was a bummer.
28 weeks ago
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How do you know by whom they're expecting to be taken care of? Personally, I expect to be taken care of (should it be necessary) by people who are paid to do so, and I've taken out long-term care insurance for that purpose. I have no children (by choice), and my stepson certainly isn't going to do it; he can barely manage his own life.
28 weeks ago
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You are productive and prudent to save. Well done, truly. But you expect sufificient non-seniors to exist to accept the payments for the care you will be able to afford. You expect a generation to come into being to staff the future you are saving and investing to survive. That is what I meant by expecting to be taken care of.
28 weeks ago
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You are ultimately referring to the aging process. Let me give you a hint. The aging process is a biotechnological challenge, nothing more.
28 weeks ago
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“It’s just less work and, honestly, I have more time to go out. You . . . don’t have to get a baby sitter.”

This is her rationalization hamster spinning in its wheel at full speed. She spent so much time working on her career instead of working on a family, and now she's seeing the writing on the wall. She's a too-old career grrrrrl that no sane man would willingly impregnate, and so she's explaining away her biological failure.
28 weeks ago
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You're sure about this? It's not possible that she simply doesn't want children, never has and never will?
28 weeks ago
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What isn't mentioned in the article is whether or not these women are married.

If single women are forgoing having children and having small animals instead, that is a GOOD thing. Kids deserve a father in the house.
28 weeks ago
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It's because women today are to self centered to care for children. It interferes with their "me" time:

“It’s just less work and, honestly, I have more time to go out. You . . . don’t have to get a baby sitter.”

And even if men did want to marry them, do you think these women would actually take time out of their egocentric lives to care for a man?
28 weeks ago
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"[W]omen today are to self centered to care for children. It interferes with their 'me' time..."--nrpr

Feminism's Gloria Leader publicly admitted as much; millions of females follow her example.
28 weeks ago
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Sara Foster, 30, a Chelsea equities trader who says her French bulldog, Maddie, brings her more joy than a child.

She's probably telling the truth, which is a very sad commentary on her.
28 weeks ago
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I don't think it's sad at all. What would be sad is if she had a child just because she thought she was supposed to, and then found that it brought her no joy at all, just annoyance.
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