Fecundism


Fecundism is a political term which promotes sex for its most original purpose: having children. It is the politics of wilfully promoting high birth rate among a group for the sake of enlarging its numbers related to other groups and, consequently, its political influence.

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain

In practice, it is difficult to conclusively prove whether a group is conducting fecundism, or if high birth rate is natural consequence of a group’s beliefs or actions and would therefore exist even if it would not necessarily result in higher political influence.

“My first words, as I was being born […] I looked up at my mother and said, ‘that’s the last time I’m going up one of those.” – Stephen Fry

The Quiverfull movement, an Evangelical Christian group, openly acknowledge the practice of fecundism. They use Psalm 127:5 in its justification:

‘Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.’

Interestingly, in Anthony Trollope’s Barchester Towers, there is a character called mister Quiverful, a poor clergyman with no less than 14 children.

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