A New York Post article posted on April 10, 2014 reported that over the last seven years, the number of live births from women between the ages of 15 and 29 is down a startling 9%. Studies show that women are replacing the joys of motherhood with the simplicity of pet ownership:
"Women are not only having fewer children but are also getting married later. There are more single and unmarried women in their late 20s and early 30s, which also happens to be the demographic that buys the most small dogs."
These statistics – if scientifically supportable – are more than a little troubling. Were feminists truly concerned about the reproductive choice they so ardently champion, they would (but won't) be sounding the alarm over this growing fashion among Millennial women. Superficially, this act of replacement presents feminist leaders with the partial attainment of their goal which is to destabilize the traditional family. Realistically, it heralds emergent government intrusion into reproductive concerns.
This is a terrible trend for the feminist movement because the current population replacement rates are not sustainable and can too effortlessly lead experts to the wrong conclusions about the role of government in gender equality (specifically the constitutional protection of gender equality) over fears that the lack of social engineering into matters once left to individuals necessarily ends in a cultural death spiral.