This just in from CNN, vasectomies are on the rise, and have been since about November. Mmhmm. Right about the time the economy really took a nosedive. Interesting. Just one more confirmation that it really is all about the Benjamins. It wasn’t family values, and it wasn’t moral responsibility. Funny how it took the demise of the American financial industry to promote reproductive responsibility in men. Okay, maybe this isn’t such a good thing, because let’s face it now it means more sexual promiscuity without the risk, but still, I just found this article to be amusing.
Now maybe it isn’t because all these men are suddenly sweating the possibility of having to pay for another mouth to feed. Maybe they are sweating the loss of a job, ergo the loss of health care, and are getting all those procedures done that they have been putting off. Now that I think about it, it is probably the latter that is the cause for the sudden urge to get fixed. But then again, the article did state that historically, birth rates decline in bad economic times.
It is an interesting phenomenon though, because I have also read that in times where areas have experienced power outages for extended periods of time, nine months later there is a baby boom. Because, you know, there’s nothing else to do. Similarly, it is a lot cheaper to just stay home and provide for your own entertainment rather than go out and spend money. I can tell you this, I would gladly hand my daughter $30 for the movies rather than just let her go “hang out” with her boyfriend. You know what they say about idle hands.
But whatever the reason, I happen to think less babies is a good thing right now. So good job, mortgage industry and Wall Street, thanks for doing your part to control the human population.