Feminists Against Overpopulation
Feminism and Overpopulation
Human Population Growth and How it Got Out of Hand
Right now there is a great exodus of Muslims leaving their native lands for Europe, the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia. They are coming in great numbers and this is no doubt partly due to the fact that their culture allows for unsustainable human population growth.
Is there now an invasion of Europe and other places by Muslim hordes or is is helpless people fleeing death and destruction? It seems that it is actually both.
Poverty goes hand in hand with with excessive population growth. Also lack of education and medical facilities.
Great influxes of people from elsewhere can also create this poverty. It is happening right now in Britain, Italy, France and the UK. And this poverty can also fuel religious fanaticism as seen recently in France.
It seems that ISIS, through religious fanaticism, is out to create its own version of poverty and slow death. Women in ISIS held territories have very little say, if any, say in how they live.
Episodes of Doctor Who as well as the novels have touched upon the madness of humans overpopulating the Earth. This was also touched upon in an episode of the original Star Trek series.
The fact that we will overpopulate the planet and end up destroying ourselves is something that has been contemplated for a very long time.Since at least the Elizabethan age it has been contemplated.
During the reign of Queen Elizabeth the First there was a population growth crisis in England. In fact there was a population growth crisis throughout the Western world. Colonizing the New World was the answer of the day.
The plague years in Europe were coming to a close by the Elizabethan age and so the population was on the increase.
There were holy wars in the time of Queen Elizabeth the First but the most pressing issue for the future was the population. Too many vagabonds drifting from county to county in England looking first for a feed then gainful employment. Too many robbers on the roads.
In 1901 Mary Anne Moore-Bentley wrote A Woman of Mars which is a very early Australian science fiction novel. It dealt with the hardships of overpopulation on women in particular. The blame for this overpopulation seems to rest with men.
Mary had the belief that if women had more power there would be less babies and more opportunities for the women and their offspring. Men here are proclaimed as the villains of the peace and in the way of real progress out of poverty.
It should be mentioned here that in Australia in 1902 women, for the most part, did obtain the right to vote. For some insights into Mary Anne Moore-Bentley's character and writing check out Australian Science Fiction - an Anthology edited by Van Ikin in 1982. Where I believe Mary's evaluation of men not completely fair I do believe that she was the first person to speak out against overpopulation in the 20th Century.
There have been other science fiction novels that have spoken out against overpopulation including Harry Harrison's wonderful novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966). There have been been Star Trek episodes that have dealt with this issue including one where a young woman condemns herself to death in order to save her people by reducing population numbers via a disease which she purposely carries.
In terms of hard science there is Paul Ehrlich's 1968 book The Population Bomb in which a grim future for humanity is laid out.
In Phyllis Chesler's psychology text titled Women and Madness (1972) there is a small section on what was then modern Feminism. The question put on page 239 of the 1973 edition of why Feminism has surfaced in recent times in America is answered with a number of questions. The questions include: Is modern Feminism essentially a by-product of certain changes in material reality such as birth control technology (such as the pill) and planetary overpopulation?
Today overpopulation and what to do about it remains a hot Feminist topic. If you do not believe me then check out Feministe online.
So who is to blame for overpopulation? I would say both men and women with perhaps men more to blame in countries where a woman's choice of how she is to live her life is more limited than in the West.
A theory Debra Perala and other women of my generation have come up with is the idea that the better educated Third World country women become and the more choices they do have in how their lives are run the more chance there is of the world population either stabilizing or even retreating a little to a more sustainable level.
In the West where women do have a say in how they run their lives there are fewer children born and those that are born are given a bigger, better stake in the future.
Today the West faces the problem of not enough children born to the baby-boomers to cover the baby-boomers in their old age. Immigration seems to be the answer but it is a double edged sword.
Encouraging the Third World people to continue to produce offspring at the rate some still are producing them is morally reprehensible. Taking some people from an overpopulated part of the world with the knowledge that the overpopulated part of the world has seen the light and will do what they can to reduce the baby count wouldn't be so bad. Responsibility seems to be the question here. Who will take responsibility for the present as well as the future?
The oceans are being depleted of fish because of humanity's greed, modern fishing technology and human overpopulation. Fish that were common are no longer common and are in danger of extinction. Deserts are growing. Pollution is so high that it can even be found in the arctic and antarctic regions of our planet.
So who is responsible for the state of our planet and for the threat of human overpopulation? Men alone? No. Women alone? No.
We all must take some responsibility if anything solid and real is ever to be done. The blame game in which we lock onto one section of humanity or another will get us nowhere. Mind you if we could get the big religions on side in regard to preventing population increase it would be a plus in this fight to save ourselves and our world.
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