Thursday, December 04, 2008

Too Many Women

When I was in university, I took a sociology course on modern civilizations. It was one of those elective courses, which was a lot of fun, and helped give me a broader education. Or so they tell me.

One of the interesting theories back then, has apparently come true.

Back then, a group of academics said one day, we’d have too many women. For as long as we’ve had bean counters, people have kept track of global populations, birth and death rates, and other statistically-based human growth-rates.

The too many women theory, says, based on an increase in female birth rates and a decline in male birth rates, coupled with an increase in the number of births overall, eventually, women will out number men by ten to one. That means, in a room of ten people, statistically speaking, only one of those individuals would be a dude.

The too many women theory has come true – women out number men significantly in the global population, particularly in the first world.

As a young kid in university hearing this theory, my first reaction was one of excitement and joy. Being a single guy, in a room full of mostly women, doesn’t sound like a bad thing at all.

But when one sex significantly outnumbers the other, things change dramatically for the negative in our society.

We’ve already seen an increase in the number of single mothers. In a world where there are more women then men, both sexes become more promiscuous, and the traditional family unit breaks down. There is even an alarming trend among young teenage girls, who want to have kids, and be single moms – because they see it as “the thing” to do.

In the workplace, men find it harder to find work. Although it is public policy and in law not to discriminate based on sex – part of being human is just that. We unconsciously hire those who look like us, talk like us, and share the same values and beliefs we do. This is one of the many reasons why men dominated the workforce prior to the sexual revolution in the 1970’s, and why women dominate the workforce today.

We can see this in terms of the economy too – watch TV and you’ll see most of the ads have more women in them than men. Advertisers know where their income comes from – they see that more women are making the global economic wheels turn, and so they specifically target their ads at them.

The hardest hit segment of the population, are women with traditional family values. Here, you’ll find women who won’t start a family, until they have been in a long-term relationship with a man, who they know will always be there. As there are fewer men available to all the women, there will be a large number of women in this group that will never find a “life partner” and as such, never have a family. As most of us have traditional family values, this will impact our future as a race.

That means eventually birth rates will fall significantly, as there will be a large segment of the female population that will never have the opportunity to have children, simply because they couldn’t find a mate. Unless the numbers of men and women starts to balance out, eventually, either our values will have to change, or we will simply become extinct as a species.

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