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Furthermore, women who do not seek out marriage and kids are less likely to achieve it. Finding Mr. Right generally requires not living with Mr. Wrong. Unmarried women sometimes wonder why the best men are all taken. Generally, it’s because the best men have the best women.
At the same time, raising good children generally requires a good father. Want a stressful childrearing experience? Try going it alone, braving the wilds of single motherhood. There’s a reason that single motherhood produces many of society’s greatest ills, from juvenile delinquency to adolescent ignorance.
So if the Sex and the City fails in practice, why do so many women buy into it? Two generations of leftist propaganda about biology doesn’t help. Since the 1960s, feminists have told women that they are biologically the same as men – they simply lack a few appendages here and there. They have the same desires, the same dreams, the same urges. This is nonsense. But it is psychologically tempting nonsense, since most people equate equality with sameness. In order for women to be truly equal to men, many women think, they must imitate them.
As a corollary to this argument, women have been told that childrearing is at best a distraction from their real work: career-building. Women can and should work – there is no doubt that they contribute mightily to American life. (As a man suffering through his wife’s medical schooling, I am a particularly enthusiastic advocate of women in the workplace.) But childrearing is closer to our raison d’etre than just one of many options. Work should not be a distraction from children.
America cannot afford a marriage-less future. Europe’s slow motion demographic suicide is a warning. If liberals really do care about the children, the best thing they can do is encourage women to get married and have them. If they don’t, they hurt the women who don’t bear them.
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