I don’t often skim Qatar newspapers for updates on fertility rates in the UK, but this morning I just couldn’t stop myself.
There’s a “baby gap” in England, and I’m not talking about a store that sells 40-dollar onesies made by slave labor in the Northern Mariana Islands. UK women are either delaying pregnancy until “too late in life” or forgoing altogether the great fulfillment of their womanly destinies, resulting in a smaller overall output of baby flesh than a capitalist country with an aging population likes to see.
Why are women declining to touch babies with a ten-foot pole? According to some report or other, if a woman has her first kid at 24, she loses out on Â£564,000 over her lifetime, but if she waits until she’s 28, she only forfeits Â£165,000. Not to mention that the 24-year-old who returns to work after doing her patriotic reproductive duty almost universally gets stuck at a crappier, lower-paying job.
So women have been hipped to the bogosity of young motherhood, and now there’s now a baby shortfall of about 92,000 a year. Women’s failure to deliver the goods at the customary rate, said some public policy guy, “would make it harder to earn our way in the world and to pay for valued public services.” In other words, the whole British infrastructure is apparently based on young women selflessly devoting themselves to years of unpaid domestic drudgery producing a race of young’uns to take care of all the old people.
Because fertility is the exclusive purview of women, there’s no word on the financial hit men take as a result of early childbirth, but if it’s more than, say, zero, I’ll eat a Sizzling Chicken & CheeseÂ® at TGI Friday’sÂ®.
[see also Daily Mail]