from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An attitude or policy that encourages childbearing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An attitude or ideology promoting child-bearing.
They focus on what historian Louis J. Kern calls The Farm's "pronatalism" — the structural and spiritual importance of fertility and feminine nurture, such that there was strong insistence that "having a baby" constituted women's "ultimate fulfillment."
To answer them, we must examine the origins of The Farm's pronatalism and the defenses of its legitimacy.
The community's emphasis on pronatalism originated in what Stephen and his most dedicated fellow trippers deeply, sincerely, and passionately believed were their direct experiences of the Godhead, through the medium of LSD.
This view was fostered over millenniums, by the pronatalism of the Hebrew Bible, the Roman Empire, the Roman Catholic Church and Arab thinkers like Ibn Khaldun.
But just as pronatalism is unjustified, so are the dire - and discredited - prophecies of Thomas Malthus and his followers, who believed that soaring populations must lead to mass starvation.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, pronatalism acquired a specious scientific aura from social Darwinism and eugenics.