When an accidental pregnancy crops up, conventional wisdom points to women accepting it, men freaking out. Not anymore.
A new study from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy claims men are significantly more likely to respond positively to an accidental pregnancy than women. Perhaps because they don’t have to carry it?
The numbers are very telling. Using a probability sample of one thousand eight hundred unmarried men and women age eighteen to twenty-nine, the study determined:
“Even among those who say it is important to them to avoid pregnancy right now, 20% of women and 43% of men say they would be at least a little pleased if they found out today that they or their partner were pregnant.”
The men were also significantly more likely to say they’d put themselves in a situation where an accidental pregnancy might happen – forty-two percent said it was “at least slightly likely” they would have unprotected sex in the next three months vs. twenty-nine percent of women.
So what does this mean for society? For starters it turns that notion on its head that women are baby hungry, men anti-father. It would also seem to point to women being slightly more proactive about prevention.
Perhaps most upsetting about this is how many people still admit to having sex without protection – even when they don’t intend to have a baby. It’s called family planning, folks, getting ready financially and emotionally to have a baby. And that means getting on the same page about pregnancy.
Guys, if you’d be secretly pleased with this kind of oops, it behooves you to tell your female companion. Ladies, think he’s a little too lax with the contraception, for goodness sakes say something. You’re creating a human, not a plaything.
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