The Top Blog Posts of Population Media Center from 2023
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PMC’s Top Blogs of 2023 on Overpopulation, Women’s Rights, and Global Sustainability

Jan 03, 2024


Welcome to the heart of transformation and advocacy, where Population Media Center (PMC) has been diligently shaping narratives and inspiring change for 25 remarkable years. As we enter 2024, we take pride in presenting the most influential and widely read blogs that have captivated audiences worldwide.

In this collection, we delve into the pressing issues of our time, from the intricacies of addressing overpopulation to championing the rights of women and girls and navigating the intricate path toward global sustainability. Each blog captures the spirit of PMC’s commitment to sparking conversations that matter, offering insights, and illuminating the path toward a more sustainable, equitable, and empowered future.

Join us on this enlightening journey through PMC’s most impactful blogs of 2023, where words become catalysts for positive change.

Crowdsourcing Support to End Child Marriage


Welcome to our urgent call to action in the blog, “Accelerating Progress: A Call to Action to End Child Marriage by 2030.” In this crucial exploration, we delve into the profound issue of child marriage, drawing attention to the imperative need for accelerated progress in achieving its elimination by 2030. Focusing on UNICEF’s impactful insights and its latest child marriage report, we uncover the stark realities faced by millions of young girls globally. In this piece, we navigate through the complexities of this pressing concern, shedding light on the societal, cultural, and economic factors that perpetuate child marriage. This blog is a rallying point for advocates, shedding light on the path forward in our collective mission to end child marriage and ensure a future where every child can thrive, free from the shackles of early marriage.

ACCELERATING PROGRESS: A CALL TO ACTION TO END CHILD MARRIAGE BY 2030

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The report reveals a complex landscape, where progress and challenges coexist. In high-income households globally, there is heartening progress, with reduced rates of child marriage among girls. South Asia stands out, making significant strides by decreasing child marriage rates from 60% in 1997 to 25% in 2022. Sub-Saharan Africa also witnessed a decrease from 45% to approximately 26% during the same period. However, the report highlights a lack of significant progress in other regions, demanding our immediate attention. Read Now
The most sobering revelation from the report is the time it will take to eliminate child marriage at current rates of progress. If we continue on this trajectory, it will take 300 years to eradicate this harmful practice. To meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and eliminate child marriage by 2030, we need a 20-fold increase in the rate of decline. The urgency of this situation cannot be overstated.
– Bill Ryerson, PMC Founder & President

Discussing Granting Legal Rights to The Environment

Read our insightful exploration in the blog, “The Transformative Power of Birth Control and Confronting Global Patriarchy.” In this compelling journey, we unravel the multifaceted impact of birth control on individuals, societies, and the ongoing battle against global patriarchy. From the historical significance of the pill to its socio-economic implications, this blog delves into the pivotal role of contraception in empowering individuals and challenging traditional gender dynamics. Whether you’re navigating the realms of family planning or seeking a deeper understanding of the power inherent in birth control, this blog serves as a guide for those exploring the liberating potential of birth control in the ongoing pursuit of gender equality and reproductive autonomy.

The Power of The Pill

Claudia Goldin, a distinguished economist and Nobel Prize winner, has significantly shaped our understanding of gender economics. One of her groundbreaking studies, “The Power of the Pill,” delves into the transformative effects of oral contraception on women’s lives and their societal roles.
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THE ORIGINS OF PATRIARCHY

Dive into the intricate historical tapestry with our blog post, “The Origins of Patriarchy,” as we trace the roots of this deeply ingrained social structure. This exploration delves into the nuanced relationship between patriarchy and feminism, dissecting the historical context that has shaped power dynamics across genders. Unravel the layers of societal norms, power imbalances, and the evolution of feminist movements, offering a comprehensive understanding of how patriarchal systems have persisted through time.

The Rights of nature

In the discourse on environmental ethics and the profound connection between humanity and the natural world, our blog post, “What Are The Rights of Nature,” delves into the evolving concept of granting legal rights to the environment. From exploring the burgeoning movement for the rights of nature to examining the parallel ideologies of environmental rights and animal rights, this post serves as a comprehensive guide. Delving into the philosophical underpinnings and legal implications, we unravel the transformative idea that nature itself possesses intrinsic rights deserving of protection. Learn more about the evolving discourse surrounding the rights of nature, the implications for environmental stewardship and the broader quest for ecological harmony.

The Rights of Nature

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Imagine a court hearing where the plaintiff is not a person, but a damaged river, lake or mountain. The plaintiff is a sea turtle or a Mexican grey wolf. The plaintiff is nature itself. Imagine a world where nature, and all the living beings of the natural world, had universal rights to live a healthy life free from pollution, poaching, overcrowding and unnecessary killing. Imagine a world where nature is thriving, biodiversity is on the mend, and humans live in harmony with the natural world. Read Now
It is the recognition that our ecosystems – including trees, oceans, animals, mountains – have rights just as human beings have rights. Rights of Nature is about balancing what is good for human beings against what is good for other species, what is good for the planet as a world. It is the holistic recognition that all life, all ecosystems on our planet are deeply intertwined.
– The Global Alliance for The Rights of Nature

Exposing the Negative Effects of Overconsumption on the Environment

In the disquieting landscape of our ecological reality, the blog “Earth Overshoot Day: The Bitter Truth of Overconsumption in the Global North” serves as a critical lens, honing in on the unsettling phenomenon of overconsumption and its sobering consequences. As we confront the pressing issue of Earth Overshoot Day, this exploration unveils the stark realities of resource depletion, environmental degradation, and the disproportionate impact of overconsumption, particularly in the Global North. Scrutinizing the intricate web of societal norms, consumption patterns, and their ecological repercussions, this blog aims to spark awareness and incite reflection on the urgent need for sustainable practices to mitigate the bitter consequences of overconsumption on our planet.

Highlighting the Relationship Between Population Growth and Wealth Inequality

In an era dominated by burgeoning population growth and escalating concerns over wealth inequality, the intricate relationship between these two phenomena has become increasingly apparent. As the global population continues its exponential rise, the implications for wealth distribution become ever more pronounced, giving rise to a complex web of socio-economic challenges. In this blog, we delve into the often-overlooked connection between population growth and wealth inequality, unraveling the threads that bind them together and exploring the far-reaching consequences that accompany their interdependence. Learn why these two seemingly disparate issues are more entwined than we might have previously realized, shedding light on the intricate dynamics that shape our world.

Exploring How Dogs Can Teach Us About Social Learning Theory

In this insightful blog post, “What My Dog Has Taught Me About Social Learning Theory – Changing Behavior,” we embark on a unique journey of discovery, drawing inspiration from the renowned social learning theorist Albert Bandura. Through the lens of canine companionship, we explore the fascinating parallels between human behavior modification and the principles of social learning theory. We explore how our four-legged friends become unwitting instructors, offering valuable insights into the mechanisms of observational learning, imitation, and the transformative potential of applying social learning theory to shape and alter behavior. Uncover the lessons that our furry counterparts provide, shedding light on the applicability of Bandura’s theories beyond the classroom, ultimately paving the way for a deeper understanding of behavior change in both humans and their loyal canine companions.

Defining Misogyny and Outlining What We Can Do to Work Against It

Delve into the intricate layers of misogyny in our illuminating blog post, “What is Misogyny.” This exploration dissects the roots, manifestations, and consequences of this pervasive issue that permeates societies worldwide. Gain insights into the historical context, cultural implications, and contemporary challenges associated with misogyny. Whether seeking clarity on the term itself or aiming to comprehend the broader impact on individuals and communities, our blog provides a comprehensive guide to dismantling stereotypes, fostering awareness, and promoting a more inclusive and egalitarian society by unraveling the complex tapestry of misogyny.

WHAT IS MISOGYNY AND HOW DO WE FIGHT IT?

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Misogyny exists in society. It exists in the home, in the schoolyard, in the workplace, it exists everywhere a woman or girl goes. Misogyny exists not only in the real world, having real consequences. Misogyny also exists in the mind, as a belief, and this has drastic detrimental real-world consequences. Misogyny is asking “why isn’t SHE leaving that ABUSIVE relationship?” As if the action required is that of the female, and not asking “Why is HE beating her?” Read Now
Misogyny is claiming girls mature faster then boys, without recognizing the bullying, sexism, conflict, violence, and societal abuse young girls face at a young age, forcing them to “mature” faster. Young girls are forced to deal with so much young boys will never have to, because of misogyny.

Deliberating Pronatalism


In our latest podcast episode and blog post titled, “What Is Pronatalism?” we unravel the layers of this fascinating societal phenomenon. Pronatalism, a term capturing the cultural and policy encouragement of procreation, is the focal point of our exploration. In this piece, we dive into the historical, psychological, and demographic aspects of pronatalism, dissecting its implications on individual choices and societal structures. Whether you’re a curious listener or a keen reader, our content serves as a comprehensive guide to understanding pronatalism’s influence on population dynamics.

What is Pronatalism?

Pronatalist arguments abound, including ones like this: “Birth rates are falling precipitously around the world in both developed and developing countries. If dramatic action is not taken, we will witness the extinction of entire societies, expansion of totalitarian governments, and an unchecked rise of tribalism.” Pronatalists claim economies will collapse. Genocide will commence. Entire races, and countries, will be wiped out, because of lower fertility rates. This is what women are up against. This is what pronatalism wants you to believe.

What is Pronatalism? The Podcast

In this podcast with Nandita Bajaj, Executive Director of Population Balance, we uncover: What pronatalism is and how it manifests in our everyday lives What subtle and overt methods are used to manipulate people to have more children Who pushes these beliefs and who benefits from pronatalism Who is harmed by pronatalist pressures Where pronatalism is present (spoiler alert: everywhere!) Why pronatalism is the longest and most pervasive form of population control How people can challenge pronatalism and make more autonomous decisions

Promoting the Rights of Women and Girls to Slow Population Growth

In our blog, “Concerned About Population Growth? Solve It by Centering the Rights of Women and Girls,” we explore the intersection between overpopulation concerns and the imperative need to prioritize the rights of women and girls. By addressing the nexus between reproductive rights, education, and empowerment, we unveil a holistic approach to tackling the challenges associated with population growth and unravel the profound impact that championing women’s rights can have on shaping a sustainable future. From fostering gender equality to promoting access to education and healthcare, this blog serves as a comprehensive guide on how prioritizing the rights of women and girls can be a transformative solution to address the complex issue of overpopulation. Explore with us as we advocate for a world where women and girls are empowered to make informed choices, thereby contributing to a more balanced and sustainable global population.

Outlining Donut Economics

Embarking on a quest for economic alternatives beyond the realms of traditional capitalism? Look no further than the intriguing concept of Doughnut Economics. This revolutionary approach, popularized by economist Kate Raworth, offers a fresh perspective on sustainable and equitable economic systems. In our blog post titled “What is Doughnut Economics,” we demystify this innovative framework, exploring its core principles and shedding light on how it presents a viable alternative to conventional capitalism. Uncover the nuances of Doughnut Economics and discover how it aims to balance the needs of both people and the planet, providing a compelling vision for a more inclusive and regenerative economic future.

Interpreting Baby Bonuses and Their Effect on Society

In the scrutinizing examination of societal dynamics surrounding baby bonuses and their implications, our blog post titled “Who Will Pay the Price for Baby Bonuses?” navigates through a landscape marked by discussions on overpopulation, pronatalism, childfree choices, and the repercussions of right-wing policies on women. As we delve into the complex interplay between pro-natal incentives and broader demographic concerns, this post dissects the potential societal costs and benefits associated with such policies. From challenging the conventional narrative surrounding pronatalism to evaluating the impact of right-wing anti-woman policies, we aim to unravel the multifaceted consequences that emerge when incentivizing childbirth.


As we conclude our insightful journey through the blogs of 2023, Population Media Center remains dedicated to fostering critical dialogues on overpopulation, women’s rights, alternative economic models, the rights of nature, birth control, dismantling patriarchy, ending child marriage, and promoting global sustainability. Your engagement and feedback have been invaluable, shaping the narrative for a more informed and conscious future. As we look ahead to 2024, we invite you to contribute your thoughts and suggestions for topics that matter most to you. Your input fuels our commitment to addressing the pressing issues of our time.

Let’s continue this vital conversation together. Thank you for being a part of our journey towards a more sustainable and equitable world.