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To deal with declining birth rates, it’s time to pay diverse women to have children Here's how it would work.

One of the most obvious solutions to our declining birth rate is to simply pay women to have children. Cash for kids. It makes perfect sense.

But the problem with this scheme is that it is also glaringly obvious we don’t want all women to have children, and we certainly are not going to pay cash money for all women to have children. We want the best women to have children, and we should be prepared to pay for that.

But who gets to decide which women are the best, and what happens to the women who don’t make the grade?

Let’s deal with the first issue: who decides which are the best women? There are a couple of worthy questions bound up in this one central idea. What is the criteria for any individual woman to be declared the best? How much money will we be willing to pay? For how long? Who pays? How do we fund this program?

The solution for who decides is of course women themselves decide.

My proxy is quite straightforward: diverse bodies who have educational achievement. The absolute bare minimum for being paid to have children would be a high school diploma, and that is the absolute bottom rung of the ladder. You will get paid whatever the minimum wage is in your jurisdiction. A bachelor’s degree in any of the social sciences, arts or humanities would earn you slightly more than a high school diploma, but not much more, which is reflected by the reality of the labor market, as well. But STEM degrees? Master’s Degrees? Doctorates? Professional degrees like accounting, medicine or law?

As a society, we are better off in both the short and the long run, to take these intelligent, accomplished BIPOC women and pay them to stay home and have children. As many as possible.

Pay them what? The market rate for whatever educational attainment they have acquired. Not complicated.

For how long? For as long as they are raising their own children, whether they spend six weeks with the child, or six years.

The reality is that the overwhelming majority of women would prefer to be at home with their children if they could afford to do so, and the majority of women have fewer children than they would like.

84% of working women told ForbesWoman and TheBump that staying home to raise children is a financial luxury they aspire to.

High school drop outs are not prevented from having children. White women likewise are free to have as many children as they want. And no one will force Black women neurologists to have children.

All groups are free to choose as they wish, as it should be. And once the child-bearing years are over, society is left with a growing population of children from intelligent, accomplished women of color — and the intelligent, accomplished woman herself! She can contribute to the marketplace after she has contributed to the society at large by producing intelligent, diverse citizens to safe guard the future for everyone.

And for women who don’t want to have children? That’s fine. Don’t have children. Everything about this scheme is voluntary.

Everyone is free to have (or not have) the exact number of children they wish, and everyone is rewarded for their educational attainments.

Oh, wait a minute. No. Everyone is not free to decide this.

Only women are.

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4 thoughts on “<span class="entry-title-primary">To deal with declining birth rates, it’s time to pay diverse women to have children</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Here's how it would work.</span>”

  1. We already pay women to have babies…it is a little program called WELFARE, that has payed trillions and trillions of dollars to women that can’t afford their own decisions to have babies.

  2. A much better plan is for educators and mass media to actively promote the ‘stay-at-home mom’ as the moral and social ideal, teach girls-only home-economics classes in high school, promote correct gender roles, stress the importance of living a Christian lifestyle to wealth, security, health, and ultimately, happiness!

    Offer meaningful tax incentives for married couples who are able, or who once were able, to reproduce with each other, and further meaningful tax incentives to those couples to produce and raise offspring. Use religion, schools. and mass media to encourage marriage and family as the primary and ideal role for all females, because feminine identity and purpose are rooted in producing fruit from the man’s seed.

    Denounce feminism as Satanism, or organized penis-envy, the driving force of which is desperation for relief of guilt for sensual pleasure! Since the man suffers no sensual guilt, obviously if gender equality is achieved, women will neither suffer guilt for sensual pleasure!

    But the woman has but one means to liberation: she must kneel at her husband’s feet, with her head veiled and bowed in reverence to the man’s masculine likeness to God Almighty, and confess her sins! The woman’s confession of sensual pleasure strongly prompts the man to deposit his intimate gift–a gift he made himself–of masculine love and forgiveness at the opening to her Fallopian tubes.

    Fertility is the woman’s Sign of Contrition. What greater manifestation of divine forgiveness could there be than new life in the image of married of married lovers and in the image of God; new life the woman can call ‘her own’.

    Deep inside herself the feminist knows she cannot have a penis. But she knows she ‘can’ have a penis deep inside herself! The feminist can attain equality only through the man’s intimate gift, which renders the entirety of feminism a disguised mating signal!


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