Friday, April 9, 2010
The childless 10%
When I randomly opened up Gilbert's Committed, the page I landed on talked about how in every society, statistically, 10% of women never have children. This was somewhat flabergasting to me (and to Gilbert). 1 in 10 women? Really?
Sometimes, the percentage can get as high as 23%, but for some reason, it never falls below 10%, if I'm remembering what I glanced at. I think Gilbert talks about evolution causing this consistent number or something (can't remember), but as a Christian, I was really intrigued. Apparently, 10% is a good number, a minimum amount necessary for something.
Of course, not all of these women lack children because they are lifetime celibates. Gilbert mentions infertility, war, and other reasons. I wonder if that 10% takes into account how many people adopt and raise children not biologically theirs. Probably not. Maybe that's part of what that 10% is for.
Anyway, what are your thoughts about/experiences with that statistic?