Undead sexist cliche: If women don’t pop out babies, America is doomed!

Roy Edroso points to a National Review column by Michael Walsh employing a cliche at least 30 years old: The United States is on the brink of collapse because of dropping birth rates.
Walsh, unsurprising given current issues, blames contraception: “the Western world is facing an unparalleled demographic crisis brought on by a feminist-inspired modern twist on Lysistrata (showering sex but withholding children) … this is the ultimate expression of the suicide cult that is the modern Left, a subset of libertine takers that so loathes itself that it will dragoon the makers into underwriting the chalices of tasty hemlock it’s so eager for everybody to quaff in order to put itself out of its misery… it hurts society, by robbing it of its future.”
Under the purple prose, Walsh argues that because of all that libertine philosophy birthed by the sexual revolution, there aren’t enough younger workers to support the welfare state (I don’t have the links, but that’s dubious), so its triple-double-super-insane that women think someone should actually pay for their freedom to avoid doing their duty to the race!
There are several overlapping forms to this cliche. Walsh’s emphasis on economic collapse is one. The other is specifically that we won’t have enough white babies (both Pat Robertson and Patrick Buchanan have expressed this idea). And that if America (or any European nation) winds up with whites in a minority … well, you can’t expect those colored types to run things as well as we do, can you? Walsh’s article touches on this, linking to another piece predicting that Italians will soon become a minority in their own country.
Since 2001, this has morphed into the fear that fast-breeding Muslims will become a majority, take over and impose sharia law. Of course, the fact that some Christian aspiring theocrats openly aspire to the same goal in having large families doesn’t seem to faze right-wingers at all.
This presumably is why increased immigration isn’t the solution: That could fix the alleged economic collapse, but not the oh-so-tragic situation of whites becoming a minority in “their” country. And of course, that ignores that right-wingers don’t want Social Security to be solvent; as I’ve noted when discussing a similar argument about abortion, they want it gone, regardless of the younger population.
And then, of course, there’s the gender issues. Walsh is arguing that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one (at least when she’s a woman—I can’t imagine National Review writers applying a “greater good” argument to the business world). Women shouldn’t be using birth control because it’s bad for the country. And it’s self-centered to pursue sexual pleasure when the country needs them to be mothers. They should be at home, getting laid by their husbands and popping out babies like God intended.
Other options, such as making it easier to work and have children, are off the table with most pundits: The only solution is for women to stay home and breed (Walsh doesn’t say this himself, I should note). Some writers have advocated tax benefits for stay-at-home moms, which is slightly bizarre: Conservatives have been raising the “welfare mother” stereotype for years (but in the right-wing universe, of course, welfare mothers are all black).
Walsh talks vaguely of “a society in which the family is no longer just a consumer unit, but a productive enterprise”—sthat we should go back to the days when families needed kids to work the family farm or the family business. No suggestions how we pull this off.
But of course, the point isn’t coming up with a financial solution, it’s that birth control bad! Sexual freedom bad! Independent women, bad! Contraceptive funding, bad! Or as Edroso synopsizes Walsh, “GRRRRRRR GRRRRRR grrrrrrrrr [smash] GRRRRR”

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