HBD: Human Biodiversity

Does Pregnancy Make You Nationalist?

During the 2010 HL Mencken conference, Richard Spencer expressed his doubts that Republicans would ever be able to capture the White vote because White women will continue to be swayed by what is fashionable. I assume he was speaking in terms of social influence, but there might also be a biological component to support his position—not enough White women are having babies.

In Annie Paul’s book Origins, she discusses the work of UCLA anthropologist Dan Fessler whose “research suggests that while pregnant, women become more xenophobic: more distrustful of strangers and more favorable disposed toward members of their own group.”

Fessler acknowledges that pregnant women feel more vulnerable precisely because they are more vulnerable, but he explains the ethnocentric result with a politically correct argument:

The reasons we experience these reactions today is that the response protected our ancestors…These emotions allowed our forbears to survive long enough to produce offspring, who in turn passed the same sensitivities on to us. We often respond to today’s world with yesterday’s adaptations.

In other words, biologically induced feelings of in-group loyalty are antiquated and no longer serve any real purpose. This conclusion is unsurprising from a contemporary anthropologist, but Fessler’s research is revealing. If pregnant women are more likely to have elevated levels of in-group consciousness, then it makes sense why so many White women are persuaded to vote for what is fashionable—they are not having babies. The vulnerability of pregnancy might open their eyes, if only for a brief period of time, to the out-group threat of leftwing political candidates who prioritize minority interests. Unfortunately, ethnocentrism among white women will continue to decrease as we further progress into the Anti-Fertilization Age of career women, Facebook singles, and feminist lesbians.

Of course, the causal direction of this correlation might actually be flowing in the opposite direction—ethnocentric women are simply more likely to get pregnant. But if this is true, then the comparatively high birthrates of non-Whites are indicative of an ethnocentric world that looks very different from the egalitarian utopia promised to us by the prophets of multiculturalism.