American women under 30 are siring bastards with a vengeance.
More than one out of two births (53%) to American women under 30 is illegitimate, according to a recent New York Times piece.
Given that two-thirds of children born to women under 30 are out of wedlock, bastards will soon be the norm in America than the exception. 😉
It’s not just women in their 20s who are dropping bastards in Amreeka.
Overall, 41% of American children are bastards (2009 data) compared to 33% in the mid-1990s.
Of course, this being America there are big differences at the rate different races sire bastards.
Blacks put out more bastards (73%) compared to Latinos (53%) or Whites (29%).
Here’s an excerpt from the NYT piece:
Once largely limited to poor women and minorities, motherhood without marriage has settled deeply into middle America. The fastest growth in the last two decades has occurred among white women in their 20s who have some college education but no four-year degree,according to Child Trends, a Washington research group that analyzed government data.
More Bastards = More Problems
If bastards are born mostly to women without a college degree one can safely hypothesize that these women are not in the higher income strata.
This means higher economic insecurity (aka poverty in plain English) for the bastard along with its attendant emotional and social problems.
After all, money is the bedrock of most economic and social troubles.
The Times article also takes note of the economic and social troubles plaguing bastards:
Researchers have consistently found that children born outside marriage face elevated risks of falling into poverty, failing in school or suffering emotional and behavioral problems.
Buy Prison Stocks?
We’re also inclined to the sane conclusion that poverty and less education are convenient shortcuts to prison.
So, does it mean we should all be buying stocks of prison companies in a few years as America’s bastards start to come of age? 😉
No other place can one find such a compelling post other than SI. 🙂
Wonder what the bastard rate is for Indians – Probably low, given the stigma still attached to bastard-hood in Mera Bharat Mahaan.
But with Indians, we strongly suspect adultery, and therefore true paternal identity, is a bigger issue.
Even the great scholar in Philosophy and ex-President of India Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was not his “father’s” son. We remember reading in the fine biography of Radhakrishnan by his son S.Gopal that his father’s real father was likely an itinerant salesman!
And mind you that was in a rural/semi-urban part of Tamil Nadu in the 19th century.
Given that we’re now in the 21st century, and with changing mores and greater opportunities available for infidelity, a lot more Indian sons and daughters are likely writing the wrong name in the space reserved for Father’s Name on school admission forms, college applications and H1B Visa forms. 😉
If bastards are America’s claim to fame in the 21st century, then the mantra for a lot of Indians should be that they’re not the children of their ‘fathers.’
This is a hypothesis, of course, but we’d be surprised to be proven wrong.
How many Indian children are not the children of their ‘fathers’ would make a good research topic for serious study by the academics at JNU or Delhi School of Economics and Sociology.
I suspect while the total count of children with wrong dads may be high it will still be a very small % considering the violent retaliation associated with the revelation of the truth.
Suspicion runs deep in the Indian gene and with honor killing added to it, the deadly combination is quite lethal for the bastard child and “sinning” wife.
Given the large numbers of Indian young women still staying at home all day, the opportunity for adultery is high, particularly with relatives.
In any case, we need more research to definitively answer the question Kaun Hai Tera Baap. 😉