Oct 19, 2007

'A sociological Starbucks'

Kay Hymowitz on what she describes as the Single Young Female lifestyle or the globalization of "Sex in the City."
There’s much to admire in the New Girl Order—and not just the previously hidden cleavage. Consider the lives most likely led by the mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and so on of the fashionista at the Warsaw airport or of the hard-partying Beijing actuary. Those women reached adulthood, which usually meant 18 or even younger; married guys from their village, or, if they were particularly daring, from the village across the river; and then had kids—end of story, except for maybe some goat milking, rice planting, or, in urban areas, shop tending. The New Girl Order means good-bye to such limitations. It means the possibility of more varied lives, of more expansively nourished aspirations. It also means a richer world. SYFs bring ambition, energy, and innovation to the economy, both local and global; they simultaneously promote and enjoy what author Brink Lindsey calls “the age of abundance.” The SYF, in sum, represents a dramatic advance in personal freedom and wealth.
Hymowitz points out the downside of the SYF female lifestyle, too: Low fertility rates and aging populations. Still, I don't see how you can stop it. How ya gonna keep them down on the farm after they've seen Paree?

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