It looks like we're going to get 18 weeks paid parental leave
here in Australia, for primary caregivers earning under $150,000 p.a!
I really hope it DOES end up being parental leave, and not the "maternity leave" so many news channels are billing it as, so women are not made out to be State-employed baby machines. Good old racist, sexist Australia.
I originally saw the story on Channel Ten news and wanted to start hurling things at my TV (I did shout and gesticulate a bit) at the incendiary, biased language - the news presenters were basically implying it was excessive - and outright SAID it was "wasteful".
The language of the militantly childfree has infected our newsrooms now?!
Ladies & gentlemen, I don't care
if you do not care to reproduce. That's fine. Buy your condoms, have your surgeries, use your pills. Enjoy your lifestyle without children! Go on whacky adventure holidays in your middle-age!
, I'm begging you, stop bitching about supporting "the breeders"
. The majority of the world's population are breeders. It could be argued that the entire reason for society even forming is to support and encourage "the breeders".
You are, in fact, outnumbered.
And that's a good thing, for you.
Very simply, it means you can choose not to breed, and enjoy the lifestyle you wish to.
It keeps your holiday resorts un-crowded, out of school holiday times, for one thing.
For another, the spawn that you denounce at the present will be the adults of the future. Those adults will pay the taxes that maintain the roads, libraries, and community facilities you will want to use, when you are retired and no longer contributing to the system. Those adults will be your nurses and doctors and counsellors and funeral directors and gravediggers and Meals on Wheels people that keep the engine of society - that you enjoy so much - functioning, even when you are not in a position to contribute monetarily to it, and when your wages are no longer significant as a contribution due to inflation.
If you do not wish to contribute to the well-being of these future adults, there will
a)be less of them, as more people decide they simply cannot afford to reproduce (and thus, your resorts become more crowded, the facilities you want to use more overworked) and
b)those that do appear are less likely to be healthy, educated and well-rounded adults, as they spent all their time in overcrowded childcare centres where it was difficult to get enough interaction with the frazzled staff. That is, those that survive to adulthood and don't die because people howling about taxes supporting "others' brats!" eventually lead (worst case scenario) to vaccinations becoming user-pays, and the medical system becoming more and more overworked, as people decide not to become a doctor or nurse, thus dropping their numbers even further than the number of people already retiring from the profession would...
Hmm. Actually, you could write a really cool post-apocalyptic kind of film about it all.
My teal deer senses are basically telling me to tell YOU:
Do not read the comments on the story I linked. You'll want to swear and throw things, too.
The most adamantly childfree people I've ever known in meatspace were women.
The language of most of the anti-paid parental leavers is horribly misogynistic and drips with privilege. It all makes me so sad