• Dadwagon on Facebook
  • Dadwagon on Twitter
  • Dadwagon RSS feed

Get Paid to Have Sex in Taiwan!

June 22nd, 2010  |  by  |  Published in Uncategorized

Sorry for the atrocious headline, but that’s pretty much what’s going in my wife’s homeland, Taiwan. See, they’ve got the lowest birthrate in the world—1 baby per woman, which is well below the replacement rate of 2.1—and are struggling to find ways to persuade its citizens to procreate. Says Foreign Policy:

Now, the Ministry of Interior (IOM) is taking direct action to make their citizenry be fruitful and multiply, subjecting its own dateless employees to mandatory fraternization. For starters, they will attempt to match up the female workers at the ministry with the high number of single male bachelors in the National Police Administration. They will also require each of its agencies to have an annual date night, featuring activities about which I can only speculate — government-sponsored speed-dating, coed Taipei dance workshops, romantic comedy screenings in Taijiang national park?

Obviously, I’m trying to figure out how to turn Taiwan’s pro-baby stance to my advantage. If we get Sasha Taiwanese citizenship, can the government help out with daycare bills? Can the government put Jean and me up in a nice hotel next time we go visit her family?

Perhaps the bigger question is why Taiwanese people aren’t having kids. I don’t think it’s a “Children of Men” scenario, or the fact that they’re slightly too attached to Hello Kitty. Probably they’re just overworked, or stressed out from all the vague threats China keeps making. Or maybe! Maybe the food in that country is just too good, and everyone prefers eating to fucking? (More on that later this week.)

Since Taiwan is an advanced capitalist democracy, one of its natural solutions is, of course, an ad campaign. Currently, the government is trying to come up with a slogan that will encourage people to have babies. Given the utter laughability of their tourism slogan—”Taiwan: Touch Your Heart”—I don’t have high hopes. But might I suggest the good people at MOI take a look at the headline above?


Leave a Response

tips/suggestions/grievances

Recent Comments

  • Dee: As one of the impressed moms there last night, and also because my kid ate 3 bowls of that bolognese, thanks for...
  • Drew Wallner via Facebook: I’m totally making this when we get back from holiday travel, I even just got a...
  • Matt: Whoops! Just put that back in. The recipe editor has been fired.
  • Ed Lilly: Looks great – thanks for posting! One question – you did not specify putting the meat back into...
  • Maks: I’m against baby yoga for sure, but want to say something regarding that author is a little wild about...

DadWagon Reads!

DadWagon

"When we met my dad at Starbucks he said I couldn’t play with his laptop but I forgot. He also said don’t fool around with his phone but I think I FaceTimed Australia. My dad sighed and published a short piece on Medium about the challenges of raising kids in the digital age."

Alexander and the V Bad, FML Day

newyorker.com

There was quinoa for dinner and I hate quinoa.

Mar 14th 2:07pm • No Comments

Knock knock.

Who's there?

The interrupting toddler.

The interr—

BBC Radio 1

THIS. IS. AMAZING. 😂

When your Dad is live on BBC News but you just can't wait...

(Via Newsbeat)

Mar 10th 4:06pm • No Comments

"They’re both making noise—sometimes a lot. They’re kids, so they do that. It looks like you’re on a date. Are you on a date? He looks like a nice guy."

Why I Sometimes Nix The Sitter And Drag My Kids To Grown-Up Stuff

rodalesorganiclife.com

Really, it’s good for them—and kind of good for everyone else, too.

Jan 25th 11:50pm • No Comments