It’s the Sex, Stupid

I recently read a long Canadian opinion piece called It's the Demography, Stupid: The Real Reason the West is in Danger of Extinction. It's a fascinating secular take on why Islam is the fastest growing religion…and how the Western World is going extinct. In the article, Mark Steyn states, ''the hard data on babies around the Western world is that they're running out a lot faster than the oil is. 'Replacement' fertility rate–i.e., the number you need for merely a stable population, not getting any bigger, not getting any smaller–is 2.1 babies per woman." The author quotes statistics from many different countries, demonstrating that the countries well above this replacement rate tend to be Islamic, and many western nations fall below the replacement rate.

Steyn throws in the following numbers in an attempt to scare the liberal left about the growth of not only the Islamic nations but also conservative Americans — his words should greatly encourage those of us on the conservative side of the fence: "In America, demographic trends suggest that the blue states ought to apply for honorary membership of the EU: In the 2004 election, John Kerry won the 16 with the lowest birthrates; George W. Bush took 25 of the 26 states with the highest. By 2050, there will be 100 million fewer Europeans, 100 million more Americans–and mostly red-state Americans."

Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D, wrote an incredible response to It's the Demography, Stupid entitled, It's the Sex, Stupid: A Response to Mark Steyn. If you don't have time to read the original article, I hope you'll find the time to read this response. Dr. Morse feels that the way western culture views sexuality has "created the demographic collapse of the West, and the human void into which Islamic fertility is rapidly flooding."

Speaking from a secular, naturalist viewpoint, Dr. Morse says that "the modern world has completely lost sight of the social purposes of sex. We now regard sex as a private recreational activity, with no moral or social significance. Unlimited sexual activity without a live baby resulting is the quintessential modern entitlement."

Dr. Morse goes on to describe consumer sex (what she often refers to as Wal-Mart Sex): Sex is a consumer good and our sex partners are objects that please us more or less well. Morse submits that this view of sex is "at the root of the West's demographic death spiral…Consumer sex inverts the whole natural order of sexuality. Instead of drawing us out of ourselves and into relationship with others, we turn sex inward, on ourselves and our own individual pleasure."

Dr. Morse states that demographic collapse is hardly surprising. She observes the risky business of having children without a permanent bond between parents. As we as a country move toward indifference as to whether a child has parents who are married to each other, or even whether the parents are of different or the same sex, we create a culture that is "hardly conducive to having a higher than replacement level of fertility."

As a woman who waited until reaching tenure to have a child, she recognizes that she is "part of the problem of the well-educated, high-income women who can't bring themselves to replace themselves" and ends her article with these challenging words:

"What women do and want will be decisive in determining whether the West survives the demographic clash with Islam. If intelligent, educated women believe children are an unacceptable distraction from their careers, we won't have many kids. If women regard flash cards as beneath their dignity, educating the next generation will be left to hired help. If women think raising a child alone is less trouble than dealing with a pesky man, we'll have a lot of stressed out single mothers and poorly raised kids.

"So, stay at home moms, don't let anyone tell you that you are wasting your talents. Without your contribution of a healthy, functioning next generation, all the strength of the U.S. military won't be enough to protect us from the primal force of Islam that believes in itself enough to replace itself. Your actions show that you believe in your civilization enough to invest in its future. "

As Dr. Morse points out, few have noticed the short, direct line between seeing sex as a commodity, to seeing a sex partner as a commodity, to seeing a baby as a commodity. If we in conservative Christian circles can grasp the depth, spirituality, and significance to these gifts from God — sex, spouses, and children — we will well be on our way to making a lasting mark on our world.

8 thoughts on “It’s the Sex, Stupid

  1. Deborah sez…

    “Apparently Steyn throws in the following numbers in an attempt to scare us about the growth of not only the Islamic nations but also those blasted conservative Americans”

    Actually, here is what Stey sez in the article…

    This ought to be the left’s issue. I’m a conservative–I’m not entirely on board with the Islamist program when it comes to beheading sodomites and so on, but I agree Britney Spears dresses like a slut: I’m with Mullah Omar on that one. Why then, if your big thing is feminism or abortion or gay marriage, are you so certain that the cult of tolerance will prevail once the biggest demographic in your society is cheerfully intolerant? Who, after all, are going to be the first victims of the West’s collapsed birthrates? Even if one were to take the optimistic view that Europe will be able to resist the creeping imposition of Sharia currently engulfing Nigeria, it remains the case that the Muslim world is not notable for setting much store by “a woman’s right to choose,” in any sense.

    I watched that big abortion rally in Washington in 2004, where Ashley Judd and Gloria Steinem were cheered by women waving “Keep your Bush off my bush” placards, and I thought it was the equivalent of a White Russian tea party in 1917. By prioritizing a “woman’s right to choose,” Western women are delivering their societies into the hands of fellows far more patriarchal than a 1950s sitcom dad. If any of those women marching for their “reproductive rights” still have babies, they might like to ponder demographic realities: A little girl born today will be unlikely, at the age of 40, to be free to prance around demonstrations in Eurabian Paris or Amsterdam chanting “Hands off my bush!”

    Just before the 2004 election, that eminent political analyst Cameron Diaz appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show to explain what was at stake:

    “Women have so much to lose. I mean, we could lose the right to our bodies. . . . If you think that rape should be legal, then don’t vote. But if you think that you have a right to your body,” she advised Oprah’s viewers, “then you should vote.”

    Poor Cameron. A couple of weeks later, the scary people won. She lost all rights to her body. Unlike Alec Baldwin, she couldn’t even move to France. Her body was grounded in Terminal D.

    But, after framing the 2004 presidential election as a referendum on the right to rape, Miss Diaz might be interested to know that men enjoy that right under many Islamic legal codes around the world. In his book “The Empty Cradle,” Philip Longman asks: “So where will the children of the future come from? Increasingly they will come from people who are at odds with the modern world. Such a trend, if sustained, could drive human culture off its current market-driven, individualistic, modernist course, gradually creating an anti-market culture dominated by fundamentalism–a new Dark Ages.”

    Bottom line for Cameron Diaz: There are worse things than John Ashcroft out there.

  2. Thanks for quoting Steyn on this, David!
    I had forgotten his total perspective as I hadn’t read the article in a few months. Duh. Won’t do that again 🙂

  3. I read that article by Steyn. There are others out there that do something for the economies of the world. Ours will be stagnating badly in a few years. One of the problems is that as few as two workers will have to work to pay one person’s retirement.
    So I tell everyone that is young at work that I expect them to work faithfully and if they need to put in an extra day for us old folks, they should do it w/o complaining.
    Ron? I guess it is all up to you.

  4. I think the most poignant statement in Steyn’s article was, “Terror groups persist because of a lack of confidence on the part of their targets.”

    Steyn can be heard on Hewitt’s show from time to time . . . he is really bold. I would not be surprised if he told the boomers to give up their social security in order to help preserve what society we have left (Sorry Mr. D, I’m not looking forward to funding Boomer’s social security payments)

  5. No this is the most important quote, “Clearly, a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.”

    I see this in my students all the time . . . while at the same time wearing all their bling and Jordans they despise American society . . . amidst prosperity, despair and self-loathing.

  6. This is why I like teaching Social Studies: ”

    ” But it’s not about race, it’s about culture. If 100% of your population believes in liberal pluralist democracy, it doesn’t matter whether 70% of them are “white” or only 5% are. But if one part of your population believes in liberal pluralist democracy and the other doesn’t, then it becomes a matter of great importance whether the part that does is 90% of the population or only 60%, 50%, 45%”.

    I try to instill in my students a respect and strong belief in “liberal pluralist democracy”. Yet, combined with the self-loathing and a healthy dose of relativism-only-truth, I find that students equate the system of government with the people governing, and by default, despise our form of government.

    In short, I think we, the U.S.are eventually “toast”.

    By the way, you’ll know if you’re one of the types the Steyn disparages if you were bothered by my using the classroom as a place to instill some civic pride.

  7. Deb sez:
    >As Dr. Morse points out, few have noticed the short, direct line between seeing sex as a commodity, to seeing a sex partner as a commodity, to seeing a baby as a commodity.the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread

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