Understanding Why Female (and not male) Fecundity Matters and other Mental Meanderings on Control of Human Population Growth
Assume a population of 100 males and 100 females, a population whose size one wants to control.
Assume someone suggests sterilizing 99% of one gender to control population size.
If one sterilizes 99% of the females, population growth will come to a screeching halt as humanity waits for that one woman to produce the next generation.
If one sterilizes 99% of the males, population growth might slow, but only to the degree to which that one guy can’t provide sperms, and given that a single ejaculation can deliver more than enough sperm to impregnate every one of the 100 women, he doesn’t exactly have to be Joe Studmuffin, nor is he inhibited from further fathering for nine months.
In addition, not Joe Studmuffin can produce incredible genetic diversity via recombination with his billions and billions of sperm, and, well, Jane is really quite limited with her not very many eggs.
That might be part of that book/series about the handmaid, which didn’t do it for me, at all, so I didn’t finish reading or even really begin watching, the idea that a few guys who really, really considered themselves worthy (so, like, not Wayne and Garth, who knew how unworthy they were, imagine that) of being the sires of Future Humanity, like, maybe Don and Vlad, those types, that they might just be the guys to provide the offspring for us all.
I’d prefer Wayne and Garth, thanks.
Suppose we sterilize 99% of the population as a whole. Well, for one thing, genetic diversity sure would suffer, bigly, and really, I mean, who is going to decide who the 1% gets to be, and if it’s the 1% with the money, boy, are they ever going to be in deep crap when their generation gets old and dies and TNG is stuck trying to figure out how to live without the 99% to take care of them, and while that might bring population growth the a screeching halt, I doubt it, because that 1% that gave themselves the right to reproduce is likely of an ilk to want to keep giving themselves that right, it’s a drive, and most everyone likes sex, it’s kind of part of what it means to be a human animal, and who is going to even do the sterilizing, unless it’s like, chemical.
But then there are those, and I suspect one just commented, FB put one of those annoying notices up on the screen, telling me someone has commented, I’ve not looked, those who would suggest that we’re not animals, or maybe that okay, (and haha, I just read it, and he did) but technically we are, but since we are such wise, wise animals, we can make rational decisions about reproduction and population control, like, limit each pair to two offspring or maybe one person to one offspring but then there are twins, and so that would be a problem, one isn’t going to kill one of them, and there are things like fines, but then that favors the rich, like everything else does, and the idea of things like forced sterilization and forced abortion are pretty awful, at least to me.
And there are other not way more awful solutions, which would work, like, simply producing food in a way that’s more sensible, and even Earth friendlier, imagine that. Produce less food, produce fewer consumers of that food. Do away with agricultural practices that create wild excesses of food (and yes, there are wild excesses of food, right now), that kill so much of life, that destroy the soil, and we’ll stop producing wild excesses of people, it really is that simple.
And what’s really cool about that is that we’d likely stop producing wild excesses of wildly excessive people, like, Americans who don’t think twice about wasting those wild excesses of food, which most have no clue about what it takes to grow, and provide, which is the way natural selection tends to work, the totally clueless suffer. I’d far rather maintain human genetic diversity than keep marching blindly into the Idiocracy, which is what “education” as a strategy for population control seems to have done.
But then idiot is one of those terms that’s not very nice, even if it was rather a dystopian movie, it was a comedic one, and so, so spot on (I mean who’da thunk that pro wresting and the presidency would really ever get together???) but then, that’s me, and humanity just doesn’t look all that wise these days, I mean, even those who are intellectually gifted seem to be really lacking in common sense sometimes.