Fertility figures from Statistics Norway show that fewer and fewer men in Norway are fathering children.
The share of men who are childless at age 45 rose from 14 percent in 1985 to 23 percent in 2013.
The share of women who had not become mothers by age 45 increased from 10 percent in 1985 to 13 percent in 2013.
So to put this in perspective, women's childlessness has only risen by 30%, but men's childlessness has risen by a dramatic 64% in comparison (2 to 1). In raw percentage gains it's 3 to 1 (+9% vs +3%).
And apparently according to the researcher most of it is involuntary.
Men want to have children too
Why do so many men in Norway never have kids?
The development is paradoxical:
Norway is one of the countries in the Western World with the highest birth rates. More children are born per capita than nearly anywhere else.
Norway is also known to be a vanguard country with regard to equal rights for women and men.
“Both men and women in Norway answer in studies that having children is an important part of life. Few men or women consciously decide against having them. The desire to have kids has not changed,” says An-Magritt Jensen.
Norway is an interesting case, because it's basically like an egalitarian dream come true, the gold standard feminist model they want for America. But people (mainly men) are increasingly not able to meet their most basic desires in life.
Jensen, a sociology professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, concludes that something else must have changed in Norwegian society.
She has conducted research on this issue for several years, especially through interviews with men.
“Expectations of Norwegian men have rocketed,” explains Jensen.
When women do give birth to children, it turns out that it can often be with men who have kids from previous relationships.
This is really important to recognize, and she should be commended for courageously stating the obvious.
“When Norwegian men from the working class have children, it is more often by chance,” explains Jensen.
She stresses that one often finds the most delighted and devoted fathers in this group.
So income seems to be a key driver of men's lower chances of reproducing in our modern egalitarian world, but that's probably not the whole story.
What actually happens often is that men who are already fathers get recycled.
Nevertheless, she ascertains that feminism and equal opportunity ideology have had an unequal impact on men and women in Norway.
“In other Western countries too there are men who never become fathers. But the proportion is especially high in Norway.”
What this basically means is with near perfect egalitarianism about 25% of the male population is simply obsolete (at least in a biological sense), and that number may continue to rise for the foreseeable future. Men have always been the disposable gender, so this is just a reversion back to our roots prior to the advent of agriculture, which precipitated a desire/need to promote monogamy (partly through religion) to extract beta male productivity for economic/societal gains. But our modern world simply doesn't need the bottom 25% anymore. They're essentially a waste of space. Females have re-established a sexual dynamic via education and birth control that strongly favors their reproductive strategies again after centuries of repression.