Conventional wisdom holds that when a person is tricked or coerced into reproducing, that person is male and the deceiving party is female. But a study conducted by researchers at UC Davis confirms what far too many women already know: the ones trying to initiate a pregnancy against their parters’ wishes are often male.
In the journal Contraception, Elizabeth Miller detailed “reproductive coercion,” when the male partner pressures the girl or woman, through verbal threats, physical aggression, or birth-control sabotage, to become pregnant. One in five of the 1,300 women surveyed said they had experienced pregnancy coercion and 15 percent had experienced birth-control sabotage – tampering with pills, taking the condom off during sex, etc. More than half had experienced physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner.
Leslie Walker, chief of adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital said she has seen patients whose boyfriends monitor their periods to ensure they’re not taking Depo-Provera shots (which often cause women to skip their period). Reproductive coercion is another way for men to take and maintain control over women. If she has my baby, she won’t be able to get rid of me.
If a man wants to control his partner, impregnating her without her consent is a pretty effective tactic. It doesn’t make much sense to get pregnant against your male partner’s wishes in an effort to keep him around. He can just leave; you’re the one stuck with the baby. Naturally, the commenters at Newsweek refuse to believe it.