Feminists Against Overpopulation

Feminism and Overpopulation

Attacks upon women and women's rights that have recently taken place in Muslim countries will not result in a reduction in human population. Religious fanatics are generally out to increase human population to insanity rather than do the opposite.
Attacks upon women and women's rights that have recently taken place in Muslim countries will not result in a reduction in human population. Religious fanatics are generally out to increase human population to insanity rather than do the opposite. | Source
There are religious fanatics right now destroying freedom and democracy. Women are being abused in the process.
There are religious fanatics right now destroying freedom and democracy. Women are being abused in the process. | Source
Black Friday. An attack in 2015 on the French people's right to be French.
Black Friday. An attack in 2015 on the French people's right to be French. | Source
The killing of artists and writers. Religious insanity.
The killing of artists and writers. Religious insanity. | Source
A WOMAN OF MARS!
A WOMAN OF MARS! | Source
The Vikings handled overpopulation via looting and then invasion.
The Vikings handled overpopulation via looting and then invasion. | Source
During the age of Queen Elizabeth the First the answer to a human population getting out of hand was to colonize the new world.
During the age of Queen Elizabeth the First the answer to a human population getting out of hand was to colonize the new world. | Source
Slavery was also a growing issue in Elizabethan times.
Slavery was also a growing issue in Elizabethan times. | Source
The English Puritans in the New World were not always very kind to their women folk.
The English Puritans in the New World were not always very kind to their women folk. | Source
A crowded world.
A crowded world. | Source
When we do look back will we be wondering if we could have done more?
When we do look back will we be wondering if we could have done more? | Source
Sitting on our hands with God in our pocket waiting for the end is not a good thing.
Sitting on our hands with God in our pocket waiting for the end is not a good thing. | Source
No reason why Christianity and/or the other great religions can't be a positive force for needed change.
No reason why Christianity and/or the other great religions can't be a positive force for needed change. | Source
Let's not just talk about overpopulation.
Let's not just talk about overpopulation. | Source
Let's do something!
Let's do something! | Source
Let's get active!
Let's get active! | Source

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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Evan G Rogers 6 years ago from Dublin, Ohio

I dare say that overpopulation is no one's fault, and no one's problem. It can't happen.

If people start breeding too much, then the cost of things will rise dramatically, thus making babies expensive. People will likely still have babies, but the cost of existence will be quite a problem. As prices increase, the number or resources spent will decrease.

And, amazingly, flying to and colonizing other planets MIGHT become profitable. It sounds kind of dorky, but it makes sense.


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Rod Marsden 6 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia Author

Overpopulation is happening and has been happening for a long time. It is everyone's consideration at least since it affects all.

You have, however, made valid points. People in many third world countries have at least in the recent past had plenty of children as a kind of insurance against old age. Who will support me in my old age? Why, the children of course. In the past mortality rates among offspring have been so high that if a woman were to give birth to ten children it would be a lucky thing if three were to survive long enough to reach maturity and have children of their own. Now with modern medicine you are likely to have all ten reach maturity and have children of their own. Thus you have a massive population increase.

In some parts of Africa the mortality rate amongst children is still very high or has gone back to being very high because of diseases such as AIDS but this is not true of places such as India and Pakistan.

In places such as Afghanistan and Iraq the very infrastructure of the countries named have been so badly affected by recent and continuing military strife that there isn't much there for the people to live on right now and build on.

Babies are expensive but in the West the cost can and, in terms of Australia, is offset by the government. In places like Japan is is generally agreed by people that two children are manageable cost wise and to have more than that you risk financial ruin for the family. Japan of course is an Asian country touched considerably by the West. It needed to expand because of population problems in the 1930s but after losing the Second world war had to find other solutions to population difficulties. They have had to settle for a way of life I would not want to live. Their cities are crowded and families live in a space no bigger than an average Australian garage. Most families cannot afford to have much of a garden or any garden at all and only rich people can afford to ride a horse or join a golf club. They manage, they have compromised but they do understand that they must keep their population at least stable or they will be living in terrible chaos. The South Koreans also understand the prudence of having less children and doing more with the ones you do have.

In the Muslim countries and in some Catholic countries such as in Central and South America the idea of less is more when it comes to children hasn't quite sunk in and may not sink in for a few more generations.

Your ideas on what people should do family wise is sensible enough but there are those who simply don't understand the logistics or have been sold a bill of goods by their religion that it it better to have a large family even if it has always landed them in a state of poverty they cannot escape from.

Flying to and colonizing other planets is a great pipe dream. Hey! It might happen but not in my life time. Scientists have yet to discover a planet to head towards where this colonization might take place. Teraforming is a future possibility. Maybe Mars might some day be teraformed to suit humanity's needs. All this if it ever happens is way, way into the future and the way we are chewing up natural resources on this planet we are not going to come close to making it. Of course we do not have to chew up natural resources the way we are. We do not have to have a continuing rise in human population worldwide. There are countries doing their bit to curb this overpopulation. Where people are not doing their bit they need to be urged to do so. My thoughts.


johnywhy 4 years ago

"If people start breeding too much, then the cost of things will rise dramatically, thus making babies expensive."

-if this sort of textbook economics actually applied to babies, then those who can least afford them would have the fewest. It's well-documented that the reverse is true. Your college supply and demand curves do not reflect this (yeah, I took economics 101, too).

"flying to and colonizing other planets MIGHT become profitable."

-sure, and unicorns come in three flavors. Your statement, like the previous one, is out-of-touch with reality. The closest known planets that might, possibly, MAYBE be able to support human life are tens or hundreds of light years away. Using the fastest available technology (and for the foreseeable future), it would take thousands of years to get there.


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Rod Marsden 4 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia Author

Unfortunately in this world johnywhy, those who can least afford them have too many children. The truth is that the people who have fewer children understand economics better than those who have more children. This is why, as an old American song goes:'The rich get rich and the poor get children.'

Sorry but it isn't well documented at all that couples who have lots of children have a great economic future or that their children get a better economic start in life than couples who have fewer children. Check out Japan if you like. The Japanese couple have one or two children so they can give their children a good education.

Those who can least afford large families tend to have them out of ignorance. There is also religion to consider.

Yes. The idea of flying to and colonizing other planet was tongue-in-cheek on my part. But burying your head in the sand and not seeing the problem of shrinking world resources and continuing overpopulation as you seem to want to do is way less of an answer.

Better get a refresher in economics, johnywhy.


johnywhy 4 years ago

You completely misread my comment. Apparently I misread yours. I thought you were saying what you mistakenly think I'm saying.

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