Sunday, 5 September 2010

The Childless Woman Transcends Race (and how immigration has failed to address the social trend).

The National Post published a piece by the inveterate misandrist Amanda Marcotte. You can read it here if you want but I am not interested in the content of what she wrote (however I will say it does come off as a work of apologetics for glorified child-like selfishness).

I do want to concentrate on the graphs that accompanied the print edition of the piece. They illustrate that the social phenomenon of the childless woman in the United States is growing among all income groups and races/ethnicities.

One graph illustrated that "nearly one-in-five American women ends her childbearing years without having borne a child, compared with one-in-ten in the 1970s".

In respect to education those with the most education tended to have the least number of children however "women with less than a high school diploma, whose likelihood of bearing no children rose 66% from 1994 to 2008".

Another set of graphs showed childlessness is on the increase for women across all ethnic groups and this is what I want to focus on. It showed a bar graph for whites, blacks, hispanics, and one for Asians and Pacific Islanders. Whites have the highest rate of childless women at 20% but had the lowest increase in comparison to the others. Blacks and Hispanics jumped from around 12.5% to about 17% whereas Asians and Pacific Islanders jumped from around 12.5% to about 16%.

The graphs are not accurate but they illustrate the trend that immigrants or their children are for the most part adopting the social norms of the host society. This shouldn't be confused with cultural adaptation and assimilation but a reflection of the fact that it is expensive to live in the west and smaller families are a reflection of that.

This trend is the same in Canada. I recall several StasCan reports that suggest this. Two reported that immigrant women were having as few as many children as their Canadian counterparts. With twenty five years of near historic levels of immigration behind us Canada's birth rate stubbornly hovers below replacement levels, 1.66 being the latest. Speaking of the birth rate almost all ethnic groups fall below it or on par with it with Muslims rising above it and Hindus as well but only slightly. (I should say that I'm recalling that data from memory but since I'm too lazy to look up the data itself you're going to have to trust me on this.)

Canada's birth rate remains below replacement levels and mass immigration has done nothing to positively affect this. We are often told about the benefits the children of immigrants bring but if population growth is a goal then it is clear they haven't brought any benefits in this capacity. It is clear that the children of immigrants, no matter how many they have, will have as few as many children as Canadians if they have children at all.

If population growth is what is wanted then upping the birth rate is what the government should concern itself with not mass immigration. As long as the birth rate remains below replacement levels it means Canada will have to keep bringing in more and more immigrants like some ponzi scheme and like all ponzi schemes it eventually will come crashing down. It is simply unsustainable.

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