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 Realize DINK Fashion 认识丁克潮流

     1 为什么有如此多的丁克家庭?
     Mr. Buchanan lists six factors that contribute to the DINK lifestyle and explain why today's culture mocks "the old idea that the good life for a woman means a husband and a houseful of kids." He says that powerful collateral forces are "pulling American women away from the maternity ward forever." Here are the six factors:
     1. The new economy. Industry offers pay and benefits to lure talented women who compete with men in the marketplace. Many choose careers or one-time motherhood and love the work challenge. They stay. With women working, poor families get richer and begin to downsize. And as nations get richer, history shows, they begin to die. Meanwhile, poor families are growing. Jesus said, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." (Mt. 5:5 KJV)
     2. End of the "family wage". As women's pay soared, men's dropped, and marriage and family size suffered. Young men earned too little for marriage and a family. Young women found independence and delayed marriage, or just didn't marry at all. Some settled for the DINK role and the end of the "family wage" was a factor.
     3. The "population bomb" hysteria. Heading up another of his Chicken Little operations was former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Strange McNamara, the man who micromanaged the Vietnam War into disaster. This time, he was warning that population growth would cause poverty, crowding and frustration that would threaten social, economic and military stability. And this time he was wrong again, as the poor continued to multiply.
     4. Feminism. "Women's liberation" has become the rage. It would free women of their roles of wife, mother and homemaker. Feminists have had successes: a tenfold increase in unmarried couples living together since 1970. Husband-wife families are now only one in four. Singles living alone are now 26 percent of the adult population.
     5. The popular culture puts the joys of sex far above the happiness of motherhood. Indeed, sex, career and the single woman dominate in advertising and entertainment. Marriage and family are downplayed, and the DINKs are helping.
     6. The collapse of the moral order. Today, "shacking up" is just a"relationship", half of all marriages end in divorce, and abortion is a"fallback" position and women will vote against any politician or party that threatens to take it away.
     2 丁克派生词汇的表达方式
     Whit DINK/ pseudo dink(白丁): Once aspiring to be a dink, but after a certain age, they regret and give birth to a baby. This kind of man is often called pseudo dink, or "White DINK".
     Dinking(丁克进行时): It refers to those people who still insist on dink.
     Dinked: "forced" dink(被迫丁克)-a dink family which actually really hopes that they can have children, but because of the infertility, economic difficulties, they are forced not to give birth to a kid, suffering from knee without son. This is not true dink.
     Dinkwad(丁宠): They are a bunch of people having vowed to put a dink to develop acme state who married and both parties do not raise children but pets. They are dink family of the highest level, so also someone called hardcore dink.
     Iron DINK(铁丁): Firmly dink consistent of iron heart, namely determination.
     丁克:亦即DINK,是英语Double Incomes No Kids的缩写,直译过来就是有双份的收入而没有孩子的家庭,说白了就是两个人吃饱了全家不饿的一种组合。据说一些汉语词典已经吸纳了这个外来的名词。这些词汇有:"白丁",意思就是"白白地丁克了一回";丁克ing:仍然在坚持丁克的人;丁克ed:"被迫"丁克;丁宠指结婚双方改养小孩为养宠物。他们是丁克的最高级别,因此也有人称之为骨灰级丁克;铁丁:斩钉截铁的丁克。

     What's a DINKWAD? A DINKWAD is an acronym which stands for "double income, no kids, with a dog". It's an extension of a DINK(double income, no kids), not to be confused with a DINKY (double income, no kids yet) or a DINKEM (double income, no kids, excessive mortgage).
     The acronym DINK-double income, no kids-originated in the US in the 1960s.
     DINK family phenomenon has been widespread throughout metropolis in china.
     As a new style of family, "DINK" brings great impact to Chinese traditional opinions of procreation and affects society deeply.
     Fearing that children might constrain their freedom, married working women began to avoid pregnancy; the result was that there arose many busy, prosperous young DINK couples.
     On the other hand, in the society the old people live alone and "the pure old family" composes only the old persons already in fact form the fact of lack the next generation or one after next generation, thus constituted "the old age DINK".
     The expanded connotation and the extension of "DINK" have already caused "a DINK community" to become the special community which expanded gradually in the modern society.
     Dinky families keep on increasing at present.
     We should attempt to explore this kind of family pattern in which traditional family plays the leading role and the supporting role so that a virtuous circle could be formed between them.
     Recently, "DINK" became a hot topic for discussion again on the Internet.
     DINK, originated from abroad, which is a life style, means double income, no kids.
     It has been kept in the mind of Chinese for so long that child is an indispensable part of a family, and also it can carry on the family line and consolidate marital relations.
     However, for various reasons, this concept and way of life of Dink has gradually been known to the Chinese people and has been accepted by them.
     More than a quarter of respondents would opt for a "DINK" lifestyle.
     The childless couple boom reflects the lack of confidence in their marriage in this ever-changing society.
     They choose to have no kid not for romance but for practical reasons.
     They consider children as a heavy burden.
     One or two decades ago, there would be gossip around a married but childless couple.
     They don't want children to spoil their marriage.
     It's a personal choice whether to have children or not.

     Mary: What's your opinion about childless couples? Will you choose to have no kids?
     Natasha: To be honest, I wouldn't.
     Mary: Why? Do you have to make a choice now?
     Natasha: Not really. But it has puzzled me for a long time.
     Mary: What's the puzzle?
     Natasha: My husband and I prefer to have no kids, but my motherin-law is very traditional and wants grandkids.
     Mary: Oh, I see. I think the older generation tends to think in a different way.
     Natasha: Yes. It seems she can never accept a childless marriage. We had a fight last night.
     Mary: Oh, really? Maybe she is just eager to see her grandchildren.
     Natasha: But it's absolutely our own business to have a child or not.
     Mary: Definitely.
     Natasha: You know, I often overhear our neighbor, the young couple, fighting about how to raise their kid and I really don't want kids to spoil our happiness.
     Mary: Don't worry. I think in most cases, children are the glue that keeps a family together.
     Natasha: I guess you're right. But I still prefer to have no child.
     Mary: Sure. You can fully enjoy your time together.
     Natasha: I hope we CAN enjoy it.
     Mary: Maybe, as time goes by, your mother-in-law will accept that no grandchild is also all right.
     Natasha: That will be fine. Thanks.

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