Seriously. And I’ll just let you guess who/what
DouchehatDouthat blames for America’s declining birthrate. Some hints: it’s not the fact that most companies don’t offer maternity or paternity leave, or the fact that being pregnant can get you fired or mistreated, or the fact that the costs involved with having a baby are astronomical, or the fact that the government keeps cutting programs for early education and nutritional assistance. Nope! He briefly mentions that those things might play an itty-bitty factor in people not wanting kids right now, but really, it’s the lazy ladies and their selfishness:
Beneath these policy debates, though, lie cultural forces that no legislator can really hope to change. The retreat from child rearing is, at some level, a symptom of late-modern exhaustion — a decadence that first arose in the West but now haunts rich societies around the globe. It’s a spirit that privileges the present over the future, chooses stagnation over innovation, prefers what already exists over what might be. It embraces the comforts and pleasures of modernity, while shrugging off the basic sacrifices that built our civilization in the first place.
Yes. Gals, it’s your fault for “shrugging off basic sacrifices” like your uterus and your health and your time and your money to make more American babies. And as a bonus, he throws in a jab at marriage equality (because gay people apparently never have children) and at single moms!