Sunday, May 06, 2007

Damnable Career Women

Yet another reason to avoid marrying the beasts:

A third of women graduates will never have children, research has concluded.

The number of highly educated women who are starting families has plummeted in the past decade, according to findings that provide the most detailed insight yet into education and fertility.

So much for Darwinian selection bringing about the Superman. Of course, since education is not a sign of intelligence but may indeed be a substitute for a perception of its lack, this isn't entirely surprising, even as it is unsettling. One important part of any philosophical system is its longterm sustainability. Communism works so long as no whiff of freedom is let into the closed system; once began glasnost the Soviet Union was doomed. It is erroneous to say that perestroika caused the collapse as Communist regimes have always needed to allow some semblance of the free market to exist since Communist economic thought is bankrupt and the slavery which it introduces is the least efficient means of maintaining an economy.

But as backwards as Communism is, it lasted for about seventy years, and continues to linger in Vietnam and Cuba. Feminism may prove to have a shorter run. Unable to even replace those who adhere to its mangled creed, feminism is an idealogical dead end. Like any number of systems which have spurned reproduction, it must seek outsiders as converts. Such a system inevitably collapses.

While some women are making a conscious decision not to have children, others are simply leaving it too late after taking years to build their careers, buy a home and find the right partner.

Herein lies the real tragedy. I have no pity for a feminist who sees so little value in having children--what H. L. Mencken rightly calls the supreme act of her species--that she wishes to dwell in cubicle land where she is fulfilled. I do, however, feel sorry for those who, despite their education and women's studies classes, seem to understand their bodies so little. They have been told that they can have it all, which is almost always a lie. Children and careers are not wholly incompatible, but one must take preference over the other. It is profoundly unwise to wait until the last possible minute to have children given that the fertility of the female body peaks sometime in the mid-twenties and eventually ceases in the upper thirties or early forties.

We'll be turning into a society full of crotchety old maids who haven't had any kids and frustrated men who never even had a maid of their own. I don't reckon it bodes well for those who hearken for a return of American normalcy and beneficence. Those of us who hold a more sanguinary view concerning the prospect of decadence and spectacular collapse, on the other hand, will no doubt enjoy the sight.


troutsky said...

How do we know the educated women identify as feminists? It's materialistic myopia thats influencing these gals to put success ahead of diapers.

A Wiser Man Than I said...

You're right, but I would argue that "materialistic myopia"--great phrase by the way--is intrinsically tied to feminism.

Modern feminism is a "me-first" ideology. Woman should do what woman wants and the consequences be damned.

Whether or not she adopts the moniker of feminist, any woman who puts career ahead of aiding in raising a family isn't worth bothering with. On this I think we would agree even if you'd be a bit gentler in tone than I am.