7 Things That Make Every 5th Woman in the World Refuse to Have Children
According to statistics, in the US and Great Britain, 20% of women don’t have children. In Russia, for example, this number is not that big: every 14th woman refuses to have children. Some women physically can’t have children while others make this choice consciously. These women try to fight for political rights, fight for the world’s ecological situation, or just don’t have a maternal instinct.
Bright Side did some research to find out exactly why women who decide not to have children make this choice.
Attention! We’re not trying to encourage you to follow a child-free philosophy, we just want to tell you about this social phenomenon.
It’s believed by some that maternity benefits are discriminatory.
There is an opinion that child-free people are discriminated against not only in a social sense but also politically. Most of the time, child-free women don’t like the idea that the government actively supports young families with children.
At the same time, many people take care of their sick relatives and old parents and they also want to get governmental support. The process of taking care of a sick person is very hard and it requires a lot of money but it isn’t really supported by the government.
By refusing to have their own children, child-free people express their political protest.
It’s believed that they lack maternal instinct.
In this photo, you can see Lucy Schultz, her boyfriend Steven, and their “adopted” pet. The photo shoot went viral right away and the woman became famous as “the woman who gave birth to a cat”.
Professor Maria Vicedo-Castello analyzed the history of scientific studies regarding the maternal instinct and came to the conclusion that there is scientific data that proves its existence. In other words, not all women want to have children simply because they are female.
The idea of “family” is formed over a period of time. Some women want to have children and some don’t. The absence of maternal instinct is not a psychological deviation, but a consequence of social and cultural factors influencing a person. This was true at any point in history.
It was often the case when poor peasants would leave their babies in a field or would take their lives. The reason for this was simple: there was not enough food. And you may already know about the attempts women from the Middle Ages would make to terminate pregnancies using different herbs.
They help to solve the problem of overpopulation.
Every day, the world’s population increases by 250,000 people, which is 80 million per year. It is believed that if the number of people on the planet reaches 9 billion, humanity will not only be in an economic crisis, but we will also have nothing to eat. The lack of resources is already present in some regions. According to different estimations, about 124 million people all around the world suffer from famine. This is especially true for Africa, where an average woman gives birth to 4-6 children which only makes the food problems even worse.
One of the most obvious solutions is refusing to have children. If there are a lot of child-free women, humanity will be able to maintain a balance. In some countries (such as Iran and China), there are governmental limitations of the number of children in a family.
There’s also the issue of choosing to take care of the climate. Every person produces about 58 tons of CO2 per year and a crazy amount of trash. Anti-Natalism is the name of the movement of people who are child-free because of ecological reasons.
They believe that they’ll be more useful to society if they don’t have children.
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany (on the left), and Prime Minister of Great Britain, Theresa May (on the right)
According to statistics, most child-free people are well-educated, wealthy, and ambitious women who just don’t want to sacrifice their comfort and career for children. They usually live in cities, are not religious, and don’t live according to gender roles and traditions.
Many researchers claim that child-free people are less “socially convenient” because they are often more selfish. However, being socially useful isn’t considered a problem for these women. This has been proven in a number of famous political and social figures:
- Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State in the US
Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
Theresa May, Prime Minister of Great Britain
They have bad genetics and they don’t want their children to inherit them.
The fear that children might develop a genetic disease often makes women refuse to have children. We’re talking about serious disorders such as schizophrenia, Down syndrome, and many others. In order to be safe, future parents get tested for genetic diseases to find out the probability of passing them down to an embryo and then make a final decision depending on the test results.
The story of the American woman, Frances Culling is very descriptive. Her husband had Huntington’s disease. This diseases affects the nerve system and cannot be treated. The chance of passing this disease down to one’s children is 50%. Unfortunately, 5 out of 5 of the woman’s children became sick and 4 of them have already died.
They want freedom.
It is well-known that childbirth limits women’s opportunities, at least for several years. Especially if a woman doesn’t have relatives or a babysitter who can help with the baby. This is one of the reasons why many women postpone having children or give up on this idea completely. In other words, they just want to be free. Because they have to be parents not just for the first 18 years but for their entire lives.
For some people, maternity is happiness and for others, it’s a disaster.
Famous blogger Jenny Mustard talks about her personal choice. She says that she spent her entire life explaining to people that he didn’t want to have children and they told her that she would want children when she grew up. Now she is 33 and still doesn’t want to be a mother.
For a long time, women were somewhat of a deal between families. When parents allowed their daughters to get married, they and the parents of the husband made some sort of a contract. Of course, women didn’t have much of a choice when it came to whether to have a child or not.
And even today, little girls are told that the most important thing in their lives is to find a good husband and give birth to a child. If they don’t they won’t be able to become “complete”. Many women really become happy when they grow up — and this is perfectly normal. But there are other women who don’t think that having a child is an absolute necessity.
Cameron Diaz also supports the child-free philosophy. She explains her position by saying, “I think women are afraid of saying that they don’t want children because they will be judged. I am not afraid!”
There may be more serious social and psychological reasons why some women don’t want children. For example, they may have a dream of achieving their creative goals or they may be afraid of not being able to handle the responsibility.
Also, they might have some old conflict with one of their parents. For example, if you were the oldest child in your family and your parents made you care for the younger children, it’s easy to understand why you don’t want to have children as an adult.
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