The problem isn’t the men, though, the problem is the women.
They’re not fertile enough.
And when they do have children, it’s because they are either unwilling to have children or they’re unwilling to put up with a man’s abuse and manipulation.
In a recent study, researchers at the University of British Columbia analysed data from 1,000 women aged between 18 and 40 from five continents.
From the start, women were much more likely to choose to have fewer children, and to have them later in life, than men.
The women were also more likely than the men to have babies at an older age.
But even when researchers looked at the data for only the last 10 years, the gender gap was still widening.
“The women in the study were still much more inclined to delay having a baby than the women who had children earlier in their lives,” the study’s author, Laura J. Anderson, told the Guardian.
In other words, the women of today are choosing to delay childbearing in the hope of improving their reproductive health and fertility.
And in the end, they’re doing just that.
“Our results suggest that the women with the most advanced reproductive health are choosing not to have kids,” said Anderson.
“We are actually giving them the tools they need to make those choices.”
The problem, however, is that when the men do choose to bear children, they tend to do so later in their life, often with other women.
“There’s this idea that women have to give birth in order to have the best chance for success,” Anderson told the Associated Press.
“But in our research, women actually have to choose whether or not to bear kids later in the life.”
That means that even if women choose to postpone childbearing, their children are unlikely to have a happy and healthy life.
And that, in turn, may lead to a decline in fertility and child survival.
That, in part, explains why women with a child, even if they do choose it later in a woman’s life, are at risk for high rates of chronic illness and poor mental health, including depression and anxiety.
A study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health in December 2016 examined more than 5,000 mothers in the US who had given birth to babies and toddlers.
It found that a woman who had a child before she was 50 years old had a higher risk of depression, anxiety, diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease than those who had been married for 25 years.
The researchers also found that children who had their first birth at a younger age were at a higher chance of suffering from a range of chronic health problems.
“This is not a problem of having too many children,” Anderson said.
“If you have a good child, you’re healthier, you have fewer health problems.”
If that’s true, then perhaps it’s not surprising that, according to the University’s Anderson, there’s no obvious way to stop this trend. “
It’s not just that she’s postponing having children; she’s actually delaying the opportunity to have healthy children.”
If that’s true, then perhaps it’s not surprising that, according to the University’s Anderson, there’s no obvious way to stop this trend.
“I think there are some things we can do to stop it,” she said.
The University of Melbourne’s Anderson also suggests a simple solution: just be happy.
“In the long run, we have to accept that we’re going to be happy having a child,” she explained.
“And I think that if you can just be kind to yourself and accept that you’re happy, then you’re going do a much better job of managing the problems of childrearing later in your life.”
So, how do you stop this?
Anderson says we need to change our attitudes.
“What we need is to acknowledge that it’s a problem that we have, and it’s something that we can address,” she told the AP.
“Don’t make it an expectation that women who have children will have a life of comfort, a life that’s going to include healthy children, that’s healthy relationships.”
And, she said, there are also practical ways to help women get ahead in their own lives: “I would say, for the women I work with, the first step would be to understand why they want children.”
And then, of course, there is the obvious: just having children is a very personal decision.
For the vast majority of women who choose to not have children in their lifetimes, that decision is a deeply personal one, and one that may have to be made in partnership with their partner.
It may be that the woman wants children for personal reasons, or it may be the relationship is so strong that the two people can live together without having children.
But whatever the reason, the decision to have no children is one that many women face with an overwhelming amount of frustration and shame.