Spain appoints minister of sex to tackle low birth rate

Spain has appointed a minister for sex, Edelmira Barreira, to help the country boost its dwindling birth rate and avoid a population crisis.

Barreira, a demographic expert, has been tasked to solve the problem that has led to a rapidly declining population in Spain.

Young couples have reportedly blamed being “too tired after a full day at work” and “late nights” for why they are not making babies.

The move to appoint a minister of sex began in 2015 when the country reported a higher death rate than birth rate in a country where life expectancy is put at 82.38 (2012).

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Barreira will draft a document for a national strategy of demographic imbalances.

Statistics revealed Spanish women between 18-49 reportedly had an average of 1.3 children in 2015 – below the European Union’s (EU) figure of 1.58.

While many European countries are seeing a decline in birth rates, Spain’s figures means it has one of the lowest in the developed world.

Spain’s birthrate has fallen by 18 percent since 2008, according to figures from Eurostat.

And between 1977 and 2015, the number of childless couples tripled from 1.5 to 4.4 million, according to the latest report by Spanish social and economic think tank, Funcas .

Spain’s education ministry said the declining birth-rate “aggravates other economic imbalances and generates important ‘impacts’ in the Welfare State”, reports Spanish news site ABC .

Rafael Puyol of the IE Business School in Madrid said people are often too tired after a full day at work and blamed long working hours and late nights for the decrease in sex and birth.


Source: The Cable

#FertilityDay: Italian Govt. Tells Women To Have Babies Due To Low Birth Rate

What is a woman, really, if not a vessel for making babies? According to a controversial new ad campaign in Italy, it seems the answer is “a failure to her country.”

In an attempt to combat falling birthrates, health minister Beatrice Lorenzin announced earlier this summer that Italy would hold its first ever Fertility Day on September 22nd. Through a series of state-sponsored events in major Italian cities, the “holiday” would focus on encouraging family-planning by helping those struggling to conceive, celebrating the beauty of parenthood, and discussing why a lower birthrate might be dangerous for Italy’s future.

Along with the announcement, the Ministry of Health launched a website, a computer game, and a series of promotional images in order to help encourage participation — but rather than get people excited, they instead sparked major backlash and global outrage.

The #FertilityDay images were quick to go viral for touting offensive messages like “Beauty has no age. But fertility does.” and “Young parents. The best way to be creative.” Many immediately pointed out that the tone of the ads is extremely pressuring, and the message ridiculously sexist.

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