An Economic Downturn … in the Bedroom

An Economic Downturn … in the Bedroom


Remember a couple of years ago when John Gibson made a big racist ass of himself on FOX News? Well – there’s a lot of folks on FOX News doing that, so what’s different about Gibson?

Gibson lost loads of journalistic credibility back in 2006 when he implored his FOX news audience to make more “White Babies”   after discussing several reports about declining fertility and birth rates amongst whites in America. Most of these stories are a result of two phenomena: declining birth rates amongst whites in America (and Europe) and an explosion of births amongst Hispanic immigrants.

Figures have been consistently revised such that now America will reach a majority minority status by 2020 when it comes to people under the age of 30 and 2042 for the entire population. What everyone wants to know now is why is this all happening and what is it going to do to America politically? Apparently science has the answer.

Oren Hasson, an evolutionary biologist in the U.K. has developed what he calls his “Super Sperm” theory to explain the declining birthrates amongst White men across the world. Basically, he says that stress brought on by economic hardship, bad diets and a host of other factors are leading White men to produce sperm that is so aggressive that it actually harms the fertilization process of the egg and leads to fewer pregnancies.

Now I’ll be honest with you: the last time I heard the term Super Sperm was from Eric Sermon on a cover of Rapper’s Delight. But, if this theory holds true there might be some interesting long term implications. Consider this extended American recession: If stress and economic hardships are resulting in more ‘super-sperm’ and fewer pregnancies, this five year recession is taking a huge chunk out of the primary child bearing years of Generation X.

Considering that Gen Xers are already waiting later to have children and are less likely to have large families, the country will face a pretty huge population drop in the next decade or so. The CDC reported last year that from 2007-2009 the United States had its lowest birth rates in 30 years and there’s no reason to think that will change anytime soon. So whether it’s super-sperm or the Great Recession, bundles of joy aren’t dropping the way they used to.

Interestingly enough this phenomenon doesn’t seem to be affecting minority men at all. Since minority birthrates are remaining steady if not growing does that mean Black and Latino sperm isn’t as super? Or maybe it just means that an extended recession is just business as usual for most minorities in the United States, babies or not.

Dr. Jason Johnson, Politic365 Chief Political Correspondent, is a professor of Political Science at Hiram College in Ohio and author of the book Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell. You can read more at or follow him on Twitter @Drjasonjohnson