Alice is feeling clucky

While reading a recent column by Alice Snedden titled ‘Jacinda has made me clucky’ a question entered my mind.

But we will get to that soon.

Firstly I’d just like to unpack this a little bit for the purposes of context.

In the article, Ms Snedden has focused on the change in attitude she has recently experienced since hearing of our Prime Minister’s pregnancy.

My reaction was even stranger considering how I usually react to the pregnancy news of people not related to me. More often than not I find myself treating them as if they’ve just become infected with a virus, “are you ok? When did you find out? What are you going to do about it?” But this time, I was in genuinely, inexplicably happy.

Initially, I found some of this woman’s comments a bit confusing but then I realised that she was trying to be funny and while I didn’t particularly find the column amusing I am also aware that there will be some people out there who do react favourably to this type of humour. I’m also someone who tends towards taking what others say seriously, that is until they give me a reason not to.

For a long time, I think I had subconsciously registered that if I wanted a career I would have to entirely forgo children. How on earth could I write a fortnightly column in the Escape section and raise a family? I’m exhausted just from writing the sentence. But now seeing the most powerful woman in the country embark on exactly this, I think it gave me hope that maybe somehow it was possible.

And then almost immediately it filled me with the resentment that it now might be expected of me.

And here we get to the crux of the matter and closer to the question I alluded to.

Earlier this month Statistics New Zealand released the most up to date information on this country’s birth rate and the news is not good. The total fertility rate for the year 2017 was 1.81 births per woman. This is the lowest recorded level ever and sits below the replacement rate needed to affect ongoing existence. Even a cursory glance at the historical birth rate measure for New Zealand will show a marked and significant change occurring at the onset of the 1960s. This moment of change just happened to coincide with the most significant event in the history of family planning in New Zealand with the introduction of the first oral contraceptive pill in 1961.

So it is indeed interesting to note the feelings and shift in attitude from this young woman regarding pregnancy.

Despite the ongoing attack from cultural Marxists on the traditional family structure, systems of hierarchy, tenets of religion, and racial identity to name only a few favourite targets, there still exists an undeniable instinctive response from people to have children and further their lines.

And this leads me to my question. How are we to respond to young people like Ms Snedden who suddenly find themselves in a place where their instincts are seeming to come into conflict with the overarching philosophy in which they have bought into and invested so much of their time towards?

I admit that my initial thoughts upon reading her column were rather mean-spirited. Something along the lines of ‘so after alienating and attacking men you now wish to have a baby.’

I believe that this is an unhealthy attitude and the wrong response, however.

I for one wish Ms Snedden all the best and also hope she does meet a man in the near future who will not only provide the necessary means towards having a healthy pregnancy but also is someone who will provide all of the other essential duties and roles a father is responsible for.

 


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