I do not know why it is such a big deal in all the press. In this day and age, children are, if anything, nothing but vanity. I like having a hefty savings account, stamps in my passport, and zero debt. My wife loves expensive bags. We have our on vanity and it costs a lot less than children. I was 21, when I went to a clinic and had a vasectomy. It was 1988. I was in Texas. They never asked if I had children, or if I was married. Thirty days later, I had my snip. About five days later, I was "back in action". Women are OK with it. I have had no problems dating (I date career minded women). Other men ask me how I managed to make it to 50, and not have an "accident". Still others thought I was gay because I have no pictures of children in my cube. When I tell them how I did it, some are confused. I am amazed at how many American men do not even know what a vasectomy is. Guys that say, "No way man" all have one thing in common; no money after the child support fairy takes her cut of thier monthly salary. The family of my ex-wife (married eight years) strongly apposed our marrage. Evidently thier only daughter never told them she had her tubes tied long before we met. I guess, in thier eyes, I was to blame for the fact that they had no grandchildren. They treated me like mud under thier feet. I moved to Singapore nearly four years ago. Nobody asks me about children here. I got marred last year (we are the same age). Almost a third of couples in Singapore plan to never have children. The trend is catching on in much of the developed world. It seems only the USA is slow to adopt the trend.