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    Senior Member JaneV2.0's Avatar
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    I don't know about that, but I'm amazed at how quickly the "population bomb" seems to be being defused. Many of the young people I know don't show any interest in reproducing at all. This is probably good for the planet, if not for individual economies.

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    None of my 3 kids have children. They are doing their part).

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    I think about my grandmother, who had five children and seventeen grandchildren. She had five granddaughters, who had four children among them (one of us was an overachiever, and had three). Of their offspring, I've only kept track of a few, but so far, none of them have reproduced.

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    Just read online an interesting article https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/...ulture/618445/ in the March 30th of The Atlantic magazine.

    I can relate how when my body changed starting when I was 12 years old, I felt that I had lost my freedom to be just me. I had been molested by an old man at age 10. The article does resonate in a number of ways by articulating some aspects of how I felt but never really considered the consequences. Has society considered the consequences?
    Is this a contributing factor to the girls' effort in the desire for a sex change?

    "To be a girl is to be perfectly vulnerable to predation: sexual, emotional, and even intellectual. It isn’t just one school—a slew of others have begun addressing charges that current and former students have raised in recent weeks. And to be clear, a culture of institutionalized misogyny also puts queer people in danger, and people of color especially so; the Dulwich document contains a whole section on how the alleged “discriminatory worldview” of certain students encouraged homophobic abuse and racialized violence. In the absence of specific lessons that emphasize self-worth and autonomy, internalizing the things some boys say they’re entitled to becomes disturbingly easy. As teenagers, we were taught how to put condoms on bananas, but not how to ask boys to wear them. We were taught trigonometry and Catullus and the history of feminism, but not how to apply the idea that we are equal human beings to social situations in which we are seen as prey. We were also taught to prickle with shame for being frigid, or being easy—a taxonomy so reductively designed that it leaves little room to simply exist. For decades, Febos notes in her introduction, “I considered it impossible to undo most of this indoctrination. Knowing about it was not enough. But I have found its undoing more possible than I expected.”
    As Cicero said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”

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