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19th May '16 9:35:58 AM Specialist290
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* Enforced by the ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' games. As the goal of the game is to keep your dynasty in power over hundreds of years, someone will need to bear your character's children each generation to carry on their legacy.
18th May '16 1:19:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* Roger and Cecilia Checkerfield from ''TheCompanyNovels'' didn't want kids, and Roger got a vasectomy. Too bad that Roger was employed by Dr. Zeus, who forced him to adopt one of their scientific projects as his own son.

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* Roger and Cecilia Checkerfield from ''TheCompanyNovels'' ''Literature/TheCompanyNovels'' didn't want kids, and Roger got a vasectomy. Too bad that Roger was employed by Dr. Zeus, who forced him to adopt one of their scientific projects as his own son.



* In Margaret Atwood's ''TheHandmaidsTale'', the Republic of Gilead has an entire caste of women (the Handmaids) whose sole function is to breed. Abortion and birth control for any woman are outlawed and punishable by the death penalty. Part of the logic for this is that there seems to be some sort of SterilityPlague (possibly related to widespread environmental degradation). In the afterword, the SterilityPlague is theorized to be mumps.

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* In Margaret Atwood's ''TheHandmaidsTale'', ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'', the Republic of Gilead has an entire caste of women (the Handmaids) whose sole function is to breed. Abortion and birth control for any woman are outlawed and punishable by the death penalty. Part of the logic for this is that there seems to be some sort of SterilityPlague (possibly related to widespread environmental degradation). In the afterword, the SterilityPlague is theorized to be mumps.



* Alluded to in Terry Pratchett's ''{{Nation}}''. It's not clear exactly how old Daphne is, but her own culture certainly considers her a child; the people of the Nation, however, have pretty much a response of 'what do you mean you've not had a kid yet?'

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* Alluded to in Terry Pratchett's ''{{Nation}}''.''Literature/{{Nation}}''. It's not clear exactly how old Daphne is, but her own culture certainly considers her a child; the people of the Nation, however, have pretty much a response of 'what do you mean you've not had a kid yet?'
14th May '16 12:16:03 AM Doug86
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** In the ''BookOfGenesis'', Sarah gives her maidservant Hagar to sleep with Abraham and bear children on her behalf. That seems like a somewhat strange thing to do from the viewpoint of modern audiences, but she did it because she'd been infertile for many years and was approaching (or possibly going through) menopause. The Code of Hammurabi stated that if a wife could not bear children, she was to get one of her slaves to do it for her, as the primary purpose of marriage back then wasn't so much love and companionship as producing a legitimate heir, strengthening sociopolitical alliances, economic reasons, etc. She was just doing her duty under that code.

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** In the ''BookOfGenesis'', ''Literature/BookOfGenesis'', Sarah gives her maidservant Hagar to sleep with Abraham and bear children on her behalf. That seems like a somewhat strange thing to do from the viewpoint of modern audiences, but she did it because she'd been infertile for many years and was approaching (or possibly going through) menopause. The Code of Hammurabi stated that if a wife could not bear children, she was to get one of her slaves to do it for her, as the primary purpose of marriage back then wasn't so much love and companionship as producing a legitimate heir, strengthening sociopolitical alliances, economic reasons, etc. She was just doing her duty under that code.
11th May '16 6:12:54 AM jormis29
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* ''{{Exalted}}'':

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* ''{{Exalted}}'':''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':
10th May '16 8:39:54 PM PaulA
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* Kris in the ''Freedom'' series by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey. Another LostColony situation in which everyone has to breed. But Kris is involved in an InterspeciesRomance and is apathetic on having kids (and definitely against cheating), even if her alien boyfriend doesn't mind. She then gets injured and winds up drinking to dull the pain to the point of ''blacking out'' and having sex with other humans. Twice.

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* Kris in the ''Freedom'' ''Literature/{{Catteni}}'' series by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey. Another It's a LostColony situation in which everyone has to breed. But breed, but Kris is involved in an InterspeciesRomance and is apathetic on having kids (and definitely against cheating), even if her alien boyfriend doesn't mind. She then gets injured and winds up drinking to dull the pain to the point of ''blacking out'' and having sex with other humans. Twice.
8th May '16 8:30:36 PM PaulA
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* Kris in the ''Freedom'' series by AnneMcCaffrey. Another LostColony situation in which everyone has to breed. But Kris is involved in an InterspeciesRomance and is apathetic on having kids (and definitely against cheating), even if her alien boyfriend doesn't mind. She then gets injured and winds up drinking to dull the pain to the point of ''blacking out'' and having sex with other humans. Twice.

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* Kris in the ''Freedom'' series by AnneMcCaffrey.Creator/AnneMcCaffrey. Another LostColony situation in which everyone has to breed. But Kris is involved in an InterspeciesRomance and is apathetic on having kids (and definitely against cheating), even if her alien boyfriend doesn't mind. She then gets injured and winds up drinking to dull the pain to the point of ''blacking out'' and having sex with other humans. Twice.
20th Apr '16 4:52:30 AM Tron80
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-->--'''[[{{Confucius}} Neo-Confucian]] [[http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/TWR-04.html proverb]]'''


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-->--'''[[{{Confucius}} -->--'''[[Creator/{{Confucius}} Neo-Confucian]] [[http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/TWR-04.html proverb]]'''

20th Apr '16 4:48:51 AM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'', Shinji and Asuka didn't plan on having children, but when Shinji got her pregnant, they decided to become parents.
18th Apr '16 6:11:12 AM DaveE
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' as in the books with Tyrion Lannister, which confirms that yes, Sansa really isn't interested in bearing the Imp's children. She also spends a fair bit of time terrified of bearing Joffrey's children after she comes of age.
13th Mar '16 5:39:31 AM hoodiecrow
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** And then Paul, writing in the New Testament, subverted the blazes out of it by saying it was fine for men ''and'' women not to marry, or marry, as they chose (though if "not", they were to abstain from sex). [[note]](I Cor. 7, mostly the second half.)[[/note]]
** While the above was aimed at the Christian population in general, Paul plays it straight later on in his writings to Timothy. He says that a man is not fit to run a church unless (among other traits) he first has experience running a family. [[note]]1 Timothy 3:5[[/note]]
** Some sects of the Abraihamic religions view it as their moral duty to have as many children as possible to [[WeHaveReserves provide endless soldiers for God.]]

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** And then Paul, writing in the New Testament, subverted the blazes out of it by saying saying[[note]]I Cor. 7, mostly the second half[[/note]] it was fine for men ''and'' women not to marry, or marry, as they chose (though if "not", they were to abstain from sex). [[note]](I Cor. 7, mostly This because he expected the second half.)[[/note]]
world to end within the next few decades ("time is short"), making populating the earth pointless. (It could also have had something to do with him being famously uninterested in marrying for some reason.)
** While the above was aimed at the Christian population in general, Paul plays it straight later on in his writings to Timothy. He says says[[note]]1 Timothy 3:5[[/note]] that a man is not fit to run a church unless (among other traits) he first has experience running a family. [[note]]1 Timothy 3:5[[/note]]
The contradiction is probably due to the fact that the epistle in question was written by someone else in the following century and attributed to Paul.
** Some sects of the Abraihamic Abrahamic religions view it as their moral duty to have as many children as possible to [[WeHaveReserves provide endless soldiers for God.]]
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