20 October 2012

Going Extinct? President Obama and the Childless Women Who Adore Him So

Childless Unmarried Women Look to Obama as their Prince

...Unmarried women (along with ethnic minorities, the poor and the workers in the public bureaucracy) are rapidly becoming a core constituency of the Democratic party, in a sense replacing the ethnic white working class.

In the short term at least, the president and his party are seizing a huge opportunity. Since 1960, the percentage of the population that is over age 15 and unmarried increased by nearly half, 45 percent from 32 percent. Since 1976, the percentage of American women who did not have children by the time they reached their 40s doubled, to nearly 20 percent.

...There are now more houses with dogs than houses with children. _Joel Kotkin
DB: Obama Adored by Childless Women

In 2008, singles helped put Obama over the top, something widely recognized by party leaders. This summer’s surge in Obama’s ratings also derived largely from his growing appeal to single voters, and particularly women.

This reliance on single and childless voters could transform the Democratic party in the years ahead.

...But the Single Nation’s grip on power may not be sustainable for more than a generation. After all they, by definition, will have no heirs. This, notes author Eric Kauffman, hands the long-term advantage to generally more conservative family-oriented households, who often have two or more offspring. Birth rates among such conservative populations such as Mormons and evangelical Christians tend to be twice as high than those of the nonreligious. _Joel Kotkin

Obama Baby Bust

President Obama's reign has had a depressing effect on US birthrates -- much like the depressing effect it has had on the US economy as a whole.
U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children. _Baby Bust

Women choose not to have marry and have children for a variety of reasons, including a lack of faith in the future. A depressed sense of the future may be due to economic or environmental beliefs, personal /emotional forebodings, radical feminist ideology, or to a vague spiritual void in the lieu of anything real to believe in.

Many of these women will grow to regret their current ideological stubborness and blind faith. But a significant number of them will simply grow old, embittered, and shrivel into ugly husks of their younger, more promising selves.

Dead end or no, they too are a part of the larger circle of life and death. Just hope that they do not cast too many votes for Obama in the coming November US elections. Zombies, as we know, do not understand the concept of honour.

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Blogger kurt9 said...

I'm familiar with these arguments. However, they require the caveat that kids will always adopt the beliefs and worldviews of their parents. This turned out not to be true for the majority of youth in the 1960's.

Saturday, 20 October, 2012  
Blogger Lime Lite said...

Hey, I'm all for these liberals to remain childless. Shhh, don't wake the sleeping, unseeing dog!

Saturday, 20 October, 2012  
Blogger kurt9 said...

Well, I'm childless and I'm definitely not liberal-left.

We're in deep doo-doo if Obama is re-elected.

Sunday, 21 October, 2012  
Blogger MnMark said...

This reminds me of something I read a few years back by an older feminist woman who had been all about "woman power" when she was in her child-bearing years and had organized a "collective" or community of women like herself. They lived in a farmhouse in some rural area and focused on writing about feminism, etc, etc, all that usual bullshit.

But here she was, in her late 60s, childless, unmarried, and the collective had dwindled over the years as women left and now it was just her. And she wrote about how afraid she felt, having relatively little money saved and no family of her own to depend on. She was going to have to rely on a married sister of hers to help her cope with the infirmities of old age. And she had plenty of regrets for wasting her youth in self-destructive anger at men.

It was something that should be read by every young woman of college age, so that they might have time to wake up and use their youth as it was meant for them to use it: to attract and marry a good husband. By the time they get to their thirties it is almost too late because of the decade they've spent jading themselves and squandering their youthful beauty.

Sunday, 21 October, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People have children when they feel secure. Unless of course, they're morons. There is less security in the economics of today's 'America, with the 1 percenters hoarding all the money. Less job opportunities with the manufactoring base off shored by the GOP. If you think things will magically improve is Obama simply looses the election, you people are hopelessly indoctrinated to far right wing false mythology. Like fundamentalists, you choose to believe what you want to believe. Nothing will change, no matter who wins the election.

Sunday, 21 October, 2012  
Blogger Matt M said...

People of faith will become a greater and greater part of the population. That has interesting and far reaching implications.

Monday, 22 October, 2012  
Blogger al fin said...

Yes. Here is an interesting look at the Amish population explosion

"There are now Amish settlements in 30 states. "As the older communities get bigger because of this population boom, there's been a greater and greater emphasis on finding new places to start new settlements," says Donnermeyer."

Mormons are also prolific. If Obama is ejected and the nation sees new economic hope -- as it did when Carter was rejected in 1980 -- we are likely to see fertility rates picking up somewhat across many parts of the US.

Monday, 22 October, 2012  

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