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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Do It For Denmark

Posted by on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Denmark hopes to boost its sinking birthrate by sending couples off on romantic holidays. Gay couples are invited to participate in this Danish-baby-making/future-taxpayer-creating competition. And, hey, who says two men can't make a baby? The exact same people who say that "anything is possible for God," of course, which has always seemed like a massive contradiction to me.... and kind of insulting to a supposedly all-powerful, miracle-working God. So go for it, Danish gay couples! Visit Paris, have at it, and pray for a miracle! (Thanks to Slog tipper Lynda!)


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"And, hey, who says two men can't make a baby?"

People who aren't completely detached from reality?
Posted by Billy Chav on April 1, 2014 at 1:29 PM · Report this

Seems like they are grasping at straws.

Want to know why the Danish birth rate is at an all-time low?

Read this:…
Posted by Robby on April 1, 2014 at 1:35 PM · Report this
saxfanatic 3
Yes, yes, it's a good ad but I'm still pissed at them for the way they run their zoos.
Posted by saxfanatic on April 1, 2014 at 1:38 PM · Report this
Fortunate 4
Sure two men can make a baby. One provides the sperm and the other hires the surrogate. No different than straight couples who have to use egg or sperm donors to make a baby.
Posted by Fortunate on April 1, 2014 at 1:39 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 5
I guess opening up immigration would be asking too much.
Posted by keshmeshi on April 1, 2014 at 1:39 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 6
You know who else handed out prizes for having babies?
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on April 1, 2014 at 1:53 PM · Report this
Advertisement for a Danish tourism company...
Posted by Anonymous Cowar2 on April 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM · Report this
despicable me 8
I'm feeling bad for the older couples in this advert. Way to marginalize senior sex, Denmark!
Posted by despicable me on April 1, 2014 at 2:35 PM · Report this
You don't boost your birthrate by getting people to have sex, you boost your birthrate by making parenthood economically feasible. Denmark would be much better served by spending this money on subsidized daycare, expanded maternity leave, or better education.
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on April 1, 2014 at 2:37 PM · Report this
@1: As Dan said, the same people who say "Anything is possible for God!"
Posted by Hanoumatoi on April 1, 2014 at 2:46 PM · Report this
Salmon 11
@9 — It's actually sort of the opposite though. Generally the poorer the country (and higher the mortality rate) the higher the birthrate. Denmark is an extremely prosperous country with a huge social safety net, both in terms of health and welfare. Considering there are already too many people in the world as it is, we need to work on helping other, poorer countries develop societies that serve and protect their citizens so that they too don't feel the pressing need to have enormous families.
Posted by Salmon on April 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM · Report this
@11 - it's called the household theory of fertility. The more education women are afforded, the more they can earn, and the more stable their lives, the fewer children they tend to have.

That's not to say that the end result of that is large swaths of women having zero children, and the way to get women in highly-developed societies to have two or three IS making maternity *financially* feasible. That said, I don't know what Denmark could do on that front. Work schedules are flexible, maternity and child care is affordable, maternity and paternity leave is generous, and parenting is treated as a team effort. Sometimes societal preferences can't be budged through policy, and, who knows, maybe they're just seeing a "waiting" preference given a slightly shaky economic recovery.
Posted by Ms. D on April 1, 2014 at 4:24 PM · Report this
Sea Otter 13
There are already so many people that the earth might not be able to support us all in a generation or two. Shouldn't we all be happy if the birthrate is going down in some places? I mean, it'll hurt for a while, but it seems like a good thing in the long run.
Posted by Sea Otter on April 1, 2014 at 5:48 PM · Report this
If anyone bothered to watch the video, you would see that it's an ad for a travel company. Apparently that was lost on the Stranger staff too.
Posted by jzt on April 1, 2014 at 6:21 PM · Report this
This is an ad created by a Danish travel agency.

Denmark's 5.7 million people amount to less than 1/1000 of the globe's 7.15 billion people. Those of you concerned about human population growth should not be troubled if tiny Denmark tries to goose their fertility rate a bit closer to replacement levels.

Posted by Functional Atheist on April 1, 2014 at 6:22 PM · Report this
Beetlecat 16
Heaven forbid they encourage immigration rather than pumping out more babies... ;)
Posted by Beetlecat on April 1, 2014 at 6:24 PM · Report this
April fools? That's what this is, right?
Posted by somebody on April 2, 2014 at 7:20 AM · Report this

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