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Why isn't everyone doing it? - Elizabeth Unexplained
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Why isn't everyone doing it?
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psychohist From: psychohist Date: July 17th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not just China, really; all preindustrial farming societies that are limited by land seem to get to the point where sons are preferred to daughters.

As far as population control is concerned, I don't think we really need to go any further than we already do in industrialized nations like the U.S. The U.S. reproduction rate is already slightly below replacement. I also think that some of us people who like raising kids like raising a small number of high quality kids, but wouldn't like raising a large number of mass produced kids, as might be required if we got more specialized than we already are.

I agree that "willy-nilly go forth and reproduce" is a bad idea, but it only really happens these days in certain underdeveloped areas like Africa and India. Even China has dropped well below replacement rates.
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: July 17th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I recall that number of children born to a couple was inversely proportional to maternal education level.
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