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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Is the German population really dwindling?

On one hand China has this strict one child policy to keep check of the population explosion and on the other hand, the German govt. is giving incentives to its people to have more children - This article brings up issues about balancing work and family life for women, gender equality in germany etc. etc. I was surprised to see that men and women were not treated so much as equals in germany!

3 Comments:

  • This comes as surprise to me too...I thought that Germany was one of the most 'civilized' nations, with the gender inequality issues having been transcended lon ago...

    Looks like old habits die really hard...

    There is always some correlation between standard of living and lowering birth rate...it makes sense to have heavily pro-mother and pro-child-rearing policies becasue it is after-all an investment in the future society...investment does not have to cease with new technology...'investing' in children is probably the most visionary...?

    Regarding the view point that working mothers are considered greedy, I've read a similar news-piece which said that women were *expected* to be at home to take care of children in the Scandinavian countries...and since Germany is quasi-Scandinavian, it is not that surprising that such a view permeates Germany too...

    Or probably it is not parochial to have a view point where moms are expected to stay home, because staying home is an investment in time on the future society, right...?

    By Blogger Dust-Biter, at 10:22 PM  

  • well women could still strike a balance between working and being at home... you could be at home when the children are small and lay a solid foundation so that the child grows up to become a better human being which leads to a better society and then go back to being a working mom.... however, i think that this might be easier for moms in professions other than IT... if you are in IT and if you come back from maternity leave (which is only about 3 months I think) or come back after a few years, I think you will feel all lost... the technology would have advanced so much that you will feel way behind and unable to catch up... it will be hard to find a new job and start all over again.... but thats just my view... anyway, how about guys also playing a role in 'investing' time in the future society as well?.. coz if that happens, then it might not be too hard for the moms! :)

    By Blogger anonymous, at 11:37 AM  

  • I agree that men can invest their time in 'future societies'...

    Now let's say a *person* (gender-neutral) has to make a choice between staying home and losing out the edge in IT due to leave etc., her/his choice is gonna depend on what he is gonna prioritize the highest...

    I used to have a colleague who was exceptionally good in her business marketing skills...but she had to quit as she wanted to stay with her baby...not that she disliked her job, but she prioritized the baby-stuff more...

    A male can do a similar stuff, but the passive social pressures will be more on him to not do so, just as the passive social pressures on a female to quit in Germany exist...

    But I'm not passing any judgment here on who has to stay home and who has to work...it is an individual's choice...I was laying bare the facts of the case...

    Having done that,
    I rest my case :-)

    By Blogger Dust-Biter, at 2:30 PM  

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