women as child-producing-machines?

28 Jan

“Because the number of birth-giving machines and devices is fixed, all we can ask for is for them to do their best per head,” Japan’s health minister said. He added: “Although it may not be so appropriate to call them machines.” BBC reported. [here for news]

The first stunning thing about it is by calling women birth-giving machines which is ridiculous. The second thing is to ask them to do their best. Having babies usually is a decision of a couple, unless the woman is single mother (however unmarried women are shunned so it’s quite unusual for them to have a baby on their own). What parents consider before having baby are usually financial capability and lost of freedom; it actually means that the environment is not conducive to have more children.

Furthermore, raising children is seemed to be woman’s sole responsibility, the husband don’t have to participate. Some of my male Japanese colleagues are so workaholic that they work almost all the time. I estimated that their time at home were only from 11pm to 7am and sunday. I couldn’t understand how can they take care of their family. Apparently they don’t have to. If they are subordinate in the company, at home their are the boss and wife is their best servant.

Any independent woman will think twice before getting into this kind of tied-down life, won’t they?

If the health minister continues with his mindset that women are responsible for Japan’s low birth rate, he should think again. Women are not solely responsible for the situation. Anyway, he can’t force any women into the role of birth-machine because women are not ones.

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One Response to “women as child-producing-machines?”

  1. aniramas January 28, 2007 at 11:23 am #

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