Seduction & Sexuality (Made in Deutschland): Part II
A German man

The first part of this article was published yesterday: Seduction & Sexuality (Made in Deutschland): Part I
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Allergic to foreplay and seduction, Germany’s demographic rate is declining

Is this national slowdown have to do with the big problems in matters of seduction between the sexes? The phenomenon concerns the German authorities as the country is faced with declining birth rates for more than thirty years. Since 1975, the number of births is 1.36 children per woman. According to Statistisches Bundesamt (StBA), the Federal Statistical Office in Germany: “34% of German women between 35 and 49 who have a Masters or Higher education don’t have children“ and “in 2060, the Germans will be more than 70 million against 82 million today.”

This is due in part to the gender equality progress and the new role of women marked by the “alpha Mädchen” (translation: alpha-girls) with modern, dominant, ambitious women with little interest in cooking, sewing, kids. Today, 65% of mothers are working and families are smaller. Families with one single child are now more common than families with many children. The two-child family is now the most prevalent family type in Germany. Living without children, either alone or with a partner is also increasingly common. Insufficient family policy, a limited number of nurseries, the dilemma German women face with the choice between career or child as well as exacerbated materialism, can explain this issue.

Modern Germany and the measures taken by Angela Merkel

Germany is run by the world’s most powerful female politician, Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is paradoxically childless. Despite its modernity, a traditional perception of motherhood lingers. In 2013, Merkel's government has implemented two major measures: first, the establishment of a new allowance between 100 and 150 Euros per month, the “Betreuungsgeld” (translation: 'money with which to look after someone'), intended for families who chose to raise their children under 3 years of age themselves at home.

In Germany there are no pre-schools but charged kindergartens in which educators look after children, this can cost between 200 and 400 Euros for 45 hours of child-care. But the kindergartens lacked places and the German government has granted the right of every child aged one or two years to get a place in a kindergarten. By the beginning of school year 2013/2014, 813.000 new childcare places were made available, which is 30.000 more than the goal the government set.

However, these new measures do not seem to encourage the Germans to make babies and are more than ever anxious vis-à-vis their future and the focus on their own person. Despite its high cost, Merkel has not reached her objectives, she neither revived the birth rate nor improved the path of women, the first victims of increasing instability in the German labour market.

Other major reasons for the Germans to have so few children are the incompatibility between career and family life, the fear of losing their independence, or simply because they have not found the right partner...Today, borders are opened and cultural differences should not be an obstacle but enhance the attraction of opposites, so I will conclude by just saying to the Germans: Make passionate love, not War with your neighbours ;) 

Editor: Lilit Mkrtchyan
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