'Shallow, Selfish, and Self-Absorbed' Details Why Women Aren't Having Children — The Atlantic
Given the number of comments following this article, there certainly is a lot of interest in the question of why more women are choosing not to have children. "Education" is given as the main answer, but then it dwells on the question of whether or not it is fair or right to call the decision selfish.
While I am fully supportive of the use of contraception to limit family size, I always took the view that having at least one child is just a natural part of most permanent sexual relationships, and is educational in itself. I tend to be cautious about calling the decision "selfish", but I have always questioned why normal, basically happy, people would want to keep themselves out of this part of the natural aspect of life, and not want to learn more about themselves and others by going through the experience directly. In this way, I think I have viewed it in an intellectual way, just that I have come to a different conclusion to the educated who do not want kids.
I think the latter are misguided when they argue that they just never felt like they wanted kids - that's an appeal to emotion, and lots of people find their emotional response changes once they have a child. In a similar way, I have repeatedly argued that couples who say they are emotionally crushed if they cannot have fall pregnant (and therefore demand experimental procedures such as "3 parent babies" just so they can have their own) are putting emotion at an far undeserved premium.
That's how I see it, anyway.