“South Koreans Told to Go Home and Make Babies”

Interesting article.

South Korean government workers are being given an unusual instruction – go home and multiply.

At 1900 on Wednesday, officials at the Ministry of Health will turn off all the lights in the building.

They want to encourage staff to go home to their families and, well, make bigger ones. They plan to repeat the experiment every month.

The country has one of the world’s lowest birth rates, lower even than neighbouring Japan.

And yet the Korean government facilitates the transnational adoptions of more than 1,000 children per year. This reeks of a classist and gendered agenda. Let’s ask our highly educated, mostly male government workers to have more kids but take the kids away from the (mostly) single mothers who don’t have the means to support their children. How is this at all socially just?

Read the article here.

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