Study Says Men Less Bummed About An Unplanned Pregnancy Than Women

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy recently conducted a survey of thousands of young Americans, aged 18 to 29, about their thoughts and perceptions about pregnancy, including how they would feel about an unplanned pregnancy. Of the men surveyed, 43 percent said they would be “very pleased” or “a little pleased” by the news of a surprise bun in the oven, while only 20 percent of women said the same. My response to this disparity? DUH. While we often think of women as the ones who so so so badly want to have babies (um, like I do), we’re also the ones whose bodies and, well, lives are far more impacted by a pregnancy, especially one that is unplanned. We have to wrestle with deciding whether to carry the baby to term, have an abortion, or give the child up for adoption; our bodies go through massive hormonal changes, etc. While I’m surprised that such a large percentage of men felt so positively about knocking someone up on accident, I am not the slightest bit shocked that women aren’t too stoked on suddenly have a surprise fetus growing in their womb. [The Sexist]