I will start with a stern warning to all men out there: Be careful whom you sleep with.
That's a lesson a man in Seattle is wishing he'd taken more to heart after he was bilked of thousands of dollars by a woman claiming to be pregnant with his baby.
Carmen Lynn Johnsen told a man she was seeing in December 2009 that she was pregnant with his child, and although she had two negative pregnancy tests later, prosecutors say she chose not to share that information with the man and kept taking his money.
Claiming a history of high risk pregnancies, she told the "father" that she was ordered to be on bed rest and he paid her $700 a month for a grand total of $3,500. Then she faked a stillbirth, going so far as to order a death certificate and trying to get the man to pay her $9,602 in medical expenses.
Are you fuming yet?
This is the kind of story that makes me crazy. What kind of woman does something like this?
Of course, the next question is: What kind of man believes this without evidence?
Despite this question, I believe we should be able to trust the people with whom we are intimate. To me, this is a prime example of the way that some women are willing to manipulate their reproductive capabilities.
There is some controversy about this, of course, but I've known enough women who commit "estrogenical treachery" -- going off the pill without telling their partner, poking holes in their diaphragm, saying one man was the father when another really was -- to know this isn't that unique of a situation.
I know the popular knee-jerk reaction is to ask why women are responsible for birth control alone and why he didn't use a condom if he didn't want babies, but I think that's unfair.
Why should a man not trust his partner? And why should he be forced to be a father when the mistake he made was trusting the wrong woman?
I know this isn't a popular opinion, but this is a prime example of the way men get screwed both financially and biologically. I think women who lie like this should be forced to either pay massive fines or even, in some cases, serve jail time.
What do you think?
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