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April 11, 2014 - 3:42 pm

What?!

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?

A spoiled #siberianhusky #maura and her defeated #yoda #starwars toy this morning after a good run.

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Cross-posted from Dr. Helen’s blog

Helen Smith is a psychologist specializing in forensic issues in Knoxville, Tennessee, and blogs at Dr. Helen.

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Women who have 'furbabies' and treat them like children are insufferable. Not sure if their personalities prevented them from landing a mate but it wouldn't shock me if that were the case.

However, I also know of childless couples who treat their dogs like children so perhaps it's not about men avoiding marriage so much as it is about society avoiding parenthood.
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In this, the Age of Instant Gratification at Zero Effort, the pattern Dr. Smith observes is unsurprising. Everyone wants to be loved. The love of a dog is almost guaranteed. The love of a husband takes a lot more work to win and maintain. The love of a child is brutally hard to elicit, suffers innumerable disruptions as the child develops, and doesn't become wholly sincere until about age 26, when the parental auto insurance coverage expires!
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“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.”"


Fine with me. Such a selfish person would make a lousy mother anyway, and the more liberals who feel that way the better I like it.

27 weeks ago
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Yeah, I'd actually like to see the difference in birth rates between non-minority conservatives and liberals. In our church families have an average of 3.3 kids in an informal tally I made.
27 weeks ago
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The future belongs to those who show up. Therefore, the future belongs to the traditional and religious.
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That's why the left captured "education" to turn the traditional and religious children to the left.
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Which explains the rise of private alternatives to public "education".
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I've always thought that women prefer cats because they're about the size of a newborn baby, but no doubt dogs are popular because they do double duty as security guards in male-less abodes.
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It's not just women. There are plenty of men for whom a dog is as close as they will ever get to having a family
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