Should we care that smart women aren’t having kids?

Satoshi Kanazawa, the LSE psychologist behind the research, discussed the findings that maternal urges drop by 25% with every extra 15 IQ points in his book The Intelligence Paradox. In the opening paragraph of the chapter titled “Why intelligent people are the ultimate losers in life”, he makes his feelings about voluntary childlessness very clear:

Take that ye clever women who choose decadence over duty. The irony is that it’s the very people (yes Fox and Friends, I’m talking about you) who go around waxing lyrical about the virtues of motherhood and conception that are also the most likely to be pushing policies that make it next to impossible for many women to even conceive of being a mother. No one ever mentions the selflessness of women who choose not to have a baby, not because they wouldn’t love one, but because they don’t feel they are in a position to provide that baby with the kind of life it deserves.

Anyone who is genuinely concerned with falling birthrates should be supporting policies such as paid maternity leave, subsidized day care, flexible work schedules, affordable health care and so on that would make it feasible for more women who want babies to have them. As for the women who don’t, we should be grateful in the knowledge that they are intelligent enough to make the choice that is best for them and then back off with the judgement.

 

//Socialists always seek to change the family structure.  They believe that it is fundamentally what is wrong with this world.  That’s why they say dumb people have children and take care of them.  Idiots.

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