Here’s an awesomely inspiring study that comes courtesy of the University of Amsterdam: amongst Western nations, people have lost an average of 14 IQ points since the Victorian era according to a metric that measures visual response time. Their reasoning is that genetic selection has become far more casual, as it’s much easier to have babies and keep them alive in 2013 as it was a few centuries ago. More significantly, intelligent women are having children at a lower rate. The uncharitable, idiotic interpretation would be that women’s lib is making us dumber, because all of those smart ladies aren’t around to stick at home, pop out babies, and teach them the right things they need to get through life; instead, our nation’s mothers are teen moms and dum dums who don’t know fuck about shit.
But you can obviously push past that to recognize that equal opportunity between genders still isn’t a thing, and that there are plenty of women who aren’t given that same chance to delay the parenting process and explore their options. We should be having less babies, period, because the world is getting overpopulated; we should also be making sure that as many of the babies that are being had are being brought up by at least one parent who knows what’s going on. So we’re stuck in an awkward middle point, where the options are to regress or progress. It should be clear what the answer is.