Quoting otakucore2, reply 46I like binary gender. And it's good for society.
If you happen to be a lesbian, you may feel pressure from society to conform; but, for the vast majority of women, who are not lesbians, binary gender roles provide a healthy environment for them to develop.
What healthy aspects does the gender binary provide? And this is getting off topic, er, so maybe we should just keep the discussion to the language of the game.
All free and intellectual societies have far less young people. Its immigration from less liberal societies that hide this fact.
Aka USA and Japan. USA doesn't have to worry because of its vast immigration. Japan, however, is going to have a lot of Financial problems with a large proportion of old people, unless they start getting immigrants any time soon.
The more both genders start to decide not to have kids in order to further their careers (or by other means decide not to have kids) the less the population growth ... and I don't just mean choosing not to physically have kids, but choosing not to RAISE any kids at all.
For full ability for both genders (and others) to not worry about raising kids you would need to have special "nursery" families that raise everyone's kids.
Depending on how the system evolves, either people will feel less worried about having kids (thus population normalization) OR many of the kids being raised at nurseries will be either from relatively few volunteer mothers and/or grown without a womb.
Several ways they could do this. Either they could replace Abortions with "womb gathering" for the fetus to be collected and raised in an artificial womb ... or given to the volunteer mothers.
Womb gathering would probably be the first step as it allows for genetic diversity (while having a select few mothers homogenizing the bloodline could prove detrimental).
However, a (theoretically) possible alternative would be to simply grow new people from tissue samples collected from STATISTICALLY random applicants.
Alternatively applicants could be selected for a wide array of qualities( X smart people from each race, X strong people from each race, etc)
However, a FURTHER alternative would be to slowly REWORK the economy to not require a continually increasing population. Populations would decline, and the richest might live for much, much longer due to whatever methods we have at the time.
So really, I guess it doesn't matter. Either we will learn how to get along with less people, or we will artificially create more people to be our laborers and soldiers.
// Personally I would prefer that we simply learn how to get along with fewer people ... and this would probably require a lot of technology to keep the elderly working in the economy for longer (in addition to downsizing the economy) which will in the long run mean much longer lives, and less proportional retirement.
As a side note, this would never happen unless every society and every person became quite utterly equal. AKA it's never going to happen. Interesting to ponder on though imho.