It depends on which level of human instinction we have gotten to.
In the early stages of the Z-poc War, there is no time to start mating in order to bring more people to the world. When Z-poc starts, women should already deal with their hormones. Blood loss during menstuation brings so many women to illiness if lot of blood has been lost and during the Z-poc, stress will be the main reason to the malfunction of the woman's body.
Women should stay away from conceiving during the early stages of Zombie Infestation because the future is too foggy to start thinking about children. Now once the infection is stabilizied, secure zone free of Z's, food, shelters, a stable re-newed govrnement of the new world, people can start thinking about mating to re-populate the world.
It is only when the sky becomes clearer that we should think about making babies, for you cannot make them when the sky is unclear, or else. It will be only unfair for babies to live in such a dark age when the world is not stable and the Z-poc has only started.
When it comes to marriage, it only matters to religious people or those who want to. To those who do not believe in marriage, they don't have to as long as you feel comfortable mating with a partner who will take care of you during pregnancy and then after. Also, AIDS will still exist and no only that, think about the infected people with no early signs. Blood tests should be done with caution, to make sure you are not gonna give the world another breed of zombies, baby born zombies.
Or "Zombabies," as I prefer to call them. ;)
Interesting points here, and while I agree on principle with most of your comments, especially in regards to stress levels messing with women's cycles (which I had not previously thought about – excellent point), I have to agree in large part with Daniel's post. Marriage is much more complex than simply finding someone to relieve all of your worries, frustrations and stresses on. When survival alone is paramount, things like abject, guilt-free casual sex will be lower on the list of priorities. Indeed, for someone like myself with traditional values, marriage is not a silly social contract to be entered into lightly with the promise of physical pleasure.
What makes Daniel's point so strong is this: his acknowledgement that family will be peoples' primary focus for survival. It's the reason people will fight to go on. It's the reason the government and military won't be there to help you, and the reason the thin blue line will evaporate: when it hits the fan, people with authority will fall back to protect their own families. When it hits the fan, it will be those with strong, reliable, trustworthy people to depend on that will stand the best chance of making it to the end. I know it's romantic to think about you vs. the whole world, but in practice, it's just not feasible. Who will be there to help you with OPSEC, watch your back while you sleep, or comfort you when you feel despondent? Worse, what's the point of surviving at all if you're alone? Personally, a life not lived in service to those you love is no life at all.
When it's all over, when the dust has settled and the last moan silenced, it is then that matters of retaking the planet can be addressed. And even then, we should be careful not to encourage a bastard baby boom. We are going to want a generation of responsible parents raising a generation of responsible children; people who will be our legacy and gift to the world we let be shattered. To look at a woman with thoughts of impregnating her and leaving her to fend for herself while you look to your next conquest is the height of irresponsibility; now and during the zompocolypse.
Your first point is probably your most important though. It depends – on how many there are of us left, on what chance we have of winning, and on whether or not you have the means and will to survive. I understand that most of us have that will, but it's important for us to recognize that we are a minority, and that many people will be looking at the ocean of burning corpses and asking themselves, "are they the lucky ones?" If it comes to the reality that humanity numbers less than 40K worldwide (which is a distinct possibility), then no amount of preparation or delusion will matter – we will have lost.
Appeal to heaven and be worthy of survival.
I'd get married in a heartbeat - my girlfriend's awesome, and she'll survive just as well as I will. When it comes to the "repopulation" thing, I would like to wait until we have a safe, stable place to do it - it would be very hard to care for a pregnant woman while living in a constant running battle, but after we have some security, we'd probably work something out about a systematic knocking-up of people, so that we could keep a steady flow of pregnancies, yet not overwhelm the mental or physical health of the females, or look up one day to find that half of our members are either children, or pregnant, which would make our group really weak.
Edgar, Thank you, and i agree with your point as well as Daniel's concerning Family & Surviving together. As much as it sounds romantic fighting against the world and simply wonderful that for once you can do whatever you want without anyone putting handcuffs on your wrists just because you happened to stack your survival kit with anything you can think of, and for once no one out there watching you through the surveillance cameras, this will be far from a life of adventure, nor will it be anything closer to Left 4 Dead. You will sooner or later wish you could depend on another living being to carry you when hurt, or to be all ears.. Maybe even land you a shoulder to cry on. If you happened to be survivng alone, that only means that you have reached the summit of your doom... You have lost your family, you have lost your friends, your loved ones are gone, lost... either turned or dead and maybe with little chance surviving still... and even then...
The Z-poc will cause more harm than the threat of human race extinction. Death will be no different than living a lone life. It will be a battle of 'fighting' to protect your family, your friends, and their existance as people who once gave you birth, fed you as a child, loved you as you grew up, healed you when you were sick... The people who shared your laughters, your tears, those you played with, told your sercrets to, those who had your back through bad and good. After you have lost everything you have cherished, it will take more than the fear of death to make you want to continue fighting for your very own existance and for whatever dying flame of humanity that is left in your heart... That... if you haven't already succumbed to your broken heart, to your shame and guilt for not trying enough to keep them alive... That, if you haven't already perished in your own lake of salty tears, for what is the meaning of life when you have lost everything that you have once fought for.