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Oh No, We Forgot To Have Children!

How declining birth rates are reshaping our society

Oh No, We Forgot To Have Children! by Deirdre Macken
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It is said it takes a village to raise a child - but what if the village has no children?

Who would have thought that what we feared most—the looming population explosion—would suddenly become a case of population erosion? Today much of the developed world is failing to reproduce itself, and some countries are beginning to prefer it that way.

In the 21st century, as fertility issues step out of the bedroom and take centre stage in the political arena, we are faced with a crucial challenge, how can we put children back on the agenda without sacrificing all the freedoms that women have gained?

The story of the childless generation is largely one about women and, in particular, all the things that have impacted on women's decision to become mothers - be it the advent the Pill in the 60s, the reshaping of feminism in the 70s, or the myriad of economic opportunities, rampant capitalism, environmentalism, materialism, biological advances, media culture and the changing shape of family. Hell, in light of all that it's surprising we're having kids at all!

As we head towards a world where there will be fewer brothers or sisters; two workers for every retired person and, for the first time in human history, more old people than young, Deirdre Macken offers a new way of talking about children.

Oh No, We Forgot to Have Children is an open, honest and unashamedly positive exploration of what can and must be done—in the workplace, in the home and by governments—and how women and men need to view their options so that we can start to redress not just the demographic balance but balance in our lives.

Allen & Unwin; March 2005
232 pages; ISBN 9781741153637
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Title: Oh No, We Forgot To Have Children!
Author: Deirdre Macken