Rape is Never Legitimate
This one takes the cake, SINful friends. Of all the asinine, uninformed, deliberately ignorant statements I’ve ever heard a politician make — and I’ve been following politics since I was 14 and first picked up an issue of Time Magazine — never have I heard somebody make such a boldly boneheaded statement.
As reported by damn near everybody by now, Republican Senate Candidate Todd Akin of Missouri, during a KTVI-TV (a FOX affiliate in St. Louis), said that he does not believe women can become pregnant during “legitimate rape“. Now, I don’t know what “legitimate rape” is, because as far as I know there is no such thing. But wait, there’s more! Mr. Akin went on to say “From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist.” I’m sorry, I have to sit down and process this for a minute. Angry tirade’s full of inappropriate language to follow…
Mr. Akin, with all due respect — and I use that phrase as loosely as politely possible — you are a fucking moron. Never, ever, in all the history of the entire world, has there ever been a legitimate rape. Not one. There is never, for any reason, a legitimate way to violate somebody. Going against consent, failing to acquire consent, or flat out being a douchebag rapist asshole is always a very bad (and thankfully now illegal) thing.
Your comment, Mr. Akin, reeks of an antiquated form of thinking that also includes viewing women as property. No woman — no PERSON — deserves the kind of treatment you are espousing here. Nobody deserves the kind of punishment of having to suffer a daily reminder for the rest of their life — much less the nine months to carry term — of a painful, traumatizing, undeserving abuse that comes from the violation of a man forcing himself upon a woman’s body and inside her person.
Mr. Akin, there is no doctor in the civilized world who will agree with your statement that a woman’s body “knows the difference” between “legitimate rape” and any other form of a sexual encounter. To prescribe to this myth is an ignorant and antiquated as believing that the Earth is flat, that the Sun orbits the Earth, or that the Earth was created in 7 days. It’s wrong, flat out, and proven by multiple scientific and medical studies. Furthermore, peer-reviewed studies have also shown that at LEAST 8% of rape victims become pregnant due to the assault. This does not account for the unreported rapes, nor for the abortions that list no qualifying reason. Your logic, your reasoning, your very understanding is flawed, Mr. Akin.
SINful friends, you have grown many as my little corner of internet space has grown. You have shown support and love and understanding, even when you’ve not directly agreed with all of my views. On this matter I think we can all agree; Mr. Akin is a fucking idiot. If you live in Missouri and have a chance to vote against him, I strongly encourage you to do so. We cannot move forward as a country when imbeciles like this are attempting to rise to power. Keep him away from Washington, D.C. Keep him away from any public office where he may affect public policy. Keep him away from our women and children. The man is a menace.
Stay SINful, friends.