To you, me, and every non-paranoid normal person on the planet, that is an obviously made-up story. Women aren’t hysterical shrews driven to birth children regardless of where the sperm comes from. We’re not Loki, planning great Rube Goldbergian machinations to enslave men into becoming hapless fathers who will pay us a grand sum each month for the rest of our lives. That obviously is not a common occurrence.
Why is it "obviously" not a common occurrence? I think she knows full well it happens at least sometimes. I remember back in my younger years, hearing acquaintances at school talking about wanting to have a baby with this or that guy. Some of them outright treated it like job security. Until the upcoming kid was finished school, she'd at least get living money for raising it. Some were less centred on any specific man, but instead wanted to get preggers to qualify for family welfare (much more money than single person welfare).
Some felt romantic about the man and hoped that getting 'accidently on purpose' preggers would cement things. They still had a backup plan though for just in case, which was that the forced father would probably still have to support her financially. And if his job sucked too much to get much via the courts from him, or if he took off, there was always family welfare.
So, which is worse? Forcing parenthood on someone who does not want it, along with about 18 years of demands of large sums of money on a regular basis (or threat of jail for nonpayment in some places),......or..... punching someone in the stomach once as self defence in order to prevent that parenthood from being forced on them?
They are saying that the original poster was just a poe, faking it for the reaction. But one fake doesn't change the fact that it DOES happen, even if it's infrequent. On one hand, I would like to know why Watson believes that it's not a common occurance, but on the other hand, even if uncommon, it's not 'never'. Once in a while, it even makes the news.
If the poster's story had been true, as much as I'm against physical violence, I think this one would have been justified as self defence if he had no other way to grab the condom back from her.
But, that gets to the core of this whole feminism thing, doesn't it? It's all one-sided. Pretend that men have no issues in the western world regarding equal rights (like the right to not be forced into parenthood), and switch around a self defence punch into an offensive, offending punch, pointing it out as a horribly sexist physical assault, rather than the defensive move it actually would be.
An egalitarian, or a basic humanist, would not demand that a situation of who is harming who, be dependent on what gender the people are. Is it fine and dandy for a woman to do both a financial fraud and an intrusion on a man's body autonomy? Sure, we don't consider that bad since she's a woman. Magical thinking, ain't it wonderful? She's ALWAYS the victim, never the offender. Is a self defence punch done by the above man to prevent being forced into parenthood fine and dandy? Never. It is not allowed if towards a woman, NO MATTER WHAT HARM SHE IS THREATENING HIM WITH.
What's wrong with that picture?
Imagine if the reverse happened. Imagine if a woman found out that a man she was seeing put pin holes in the condoms in hopes of knocking her up and getting her to agree to marry him. And to keep it equivalent to the original scenario, let's also say she is not able to get, or is not allowed, an abortion. In other words, parenthood is going to be forced on her. Let's also say, that instead of the money demands that happen to fathers, the demand on her is the extra domestic child care work she'll be doing IN ADDITION to any day job that she does for money (if she has one).
And to keep up the reversed roles here, let's also say that Pinholes-in-the-Condom Man tells her of his intentions and what he's done, just as they were about to make love. Wouldn't we all agree that she should stop him somehow, yell, squirm away from him, maybe even give him a punch, as long as it means she can get away and avoid the forced parenthood?