In Scandinavia, child benefits are much more comprehensive. The staggering cost paid by women is because of breakdown in family structure.
The highlighted text, is a bold claim. Do you suggest that children in US take care of only their fathers and not mothers? The way I see it, in N.Europe, elderly are the responsibility of the state (largely), irrespective of the sex of the parent.
I don’t think so. Women in married relationships bear just as much of a heavy burden. Think of the time spent, child rearing, washing, cleaning, emergencies, illnesses, stay at home, etc. All these inflict economic costs on the earning potential, self advancement, and ability to provide for young. They also pay a price in domestic abuse.
The best evidence for this is marriage rates are rising while children born is declining. It is obvious women are voting with both their feet. The childless rate is highest amongst the most educated and most likely to be married group, meaning those society supports the most yet apparently this is still not enough. It is single moms who have more kids due to accidents and poor planning. Women who have control choose not to have kids. These days single moms self sterilize after their first ‘accident’. http://www.datalounge.com/cgi-bin/iowa/ ... ad,9849766
Today 18% of women don’t want children at all in the USA. I have absolutely no doubt that given a choice women in India would say the same.http://www.salon.com/2010/06/25/childle ... _increase/
Today 49% of births in America are unintended per the NIH. Half of americans were conceived accidentally. As soon as women have control they eliminate these unintended pregnancies. 10% of all child births end in voluntary sterilization. Think about that for a second, at the moment when a women should be most happy at having a child she decides she will never do this again.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2492586/
No comment on your statement about kids looking after their parents. I'm not sure what that has to do with anything. At least in the west people don't have children only to become dependent on them in old age. Not something to look forward too IMHO.