I recently read this work, and I was wondering what other people think of it. It's a dystopian novel from 1962 with a heavy focus on overpopulation. Though there are three stages to the society of the work, I find the first stage the most interesting and relevant: in this world, a one-birth law is in effect. Whether a birth is a "singleton," twins, triplets, or otherwise, only one birth is allowed per woman. Any later births are required to be aborted, and government-mandated use of contraceptives is in order. Not many women get pregnant anyway, due to the predominant atmosphere of homosexuality: as one of the state's slogans says, "Its Sapiens to be Homo." Homosexuality is viewed as the correct choice, the choice that helps the human race, while heterosexuality is viewed as selfish, with mothers and fathers being derided as "breeders." Heterosexuality is definitely discriminated against: it's impossible to get a high-level job, or possibly even much of a moderate-level one, without being homosexual, so much so that some people pretend to be homosexual in order to advance their careers.
It's a shocking world that seems to be what our world could turn into. The lack of respect for human life the society shows in the novel is appalling, and the fertility is viewed as the greatest evil (due to its leading to overpopulation). This article about the term "breeders" as a derogatory term shows concern for a future resembling this: "Even being employed or reaching tenure or the equivalent corporate position, may come to be dependent on adherence to acceptance of the gay married elite class as superior to being in a breeder class."
Has anyone else read this novel? Do you see that our society could be heading to this type of Malthusian world? Or do you think that's just scare tactics and a fallacious use of the slippery slope concept?