Todd Akin & Rape

Piers Morgan Chair

Piers Morgan Chair (Photo credit: Digital-Dave)

Ever since Congressman Todd Akin (R) Missouri, gave that fateful television interview last Sunday, the airwaves, blogosphere, Twitter and other social media have been on a feeding frenzy.  Mr. Akin was asked whether he believes abortion is justified in cases of rape.  To this, he replied:

“It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.” 

I heard it first late in the day Sunday, when I tuned in to NPR. I must have been in the kitchen or something.  I did not catch all of it but I thought I heard as much. By Monday morning, it was everywhere.  I listened while getting ready in the morning, in the car en route to work, and even as I made my way home.

I have to say something about this because it’s the kind of public discourse that has no place in a modern society, in a first world country like the United States of America.

The dictionary definition of  the term rape is:

1 : an act or instance of robbing or despoiling or carrying away a person by force
2 : unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent — compare sexual assault,statutory rape
3: an outrageous violation

Whether it is “legitimate,” or “forcible,” or “date-rape,” where a woman is made to perform  unwanted sexual intercourse when a gun is pointed to her head or she’s been subjected to threats of or actual physical harm, or rendered unconscious or semi-conscious with the use of mind-altering chemicals, or whether a woman or child (male or female) are coerced by an adult bigger and stronger than s/he is by a stranger, friend, or relative, RAPE IS RAPE.

Of course, most Republicans have been so quick to distance themselves from the guy.  Even the incumbent president weighed in:

Rape is rape, and the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and certainly doesn’t make sense to me.

Todd Akin's co-sponsor Paul Ryan

Todd Akin’s co-sponsor Paul Ryan (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

The second issue that so exposes how many like-minded folk to Mr. Akin, still imagine that a woman who is raped can also be at fault is the fact that in many parts of this nation, people somehow have this mystical or mythical belief of this “mind over matter power,” that women can somehow will themselves not to get pregnant when they are raped.  How can the female body be capable of “shutting the whole thing down?”  This I had to hear again in another news segment because I could not believe what I was hearing.  If you don’t believe me, check out the related articles I have collected for you below and click the links to the interviews of people who are backing Mr. Akin’s colossally ridiculous claim.

And, who are these doctors Mr. Akin is referring to? I’d like to know who they are. They are obviously not practicing the most important tenet of MDs:  “Do no harm.”

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5 Responses to Todd Akin & Rape

  1. This was the single most stupid thing I’ve ever heard from a pig-ignorant man, except for perhaps what some GOP guy said about AIDS. While being interviewed by a gay reporter (he didn’t know the man was gay) he explained that heterosexual sex was less likely to transmit disease because the vagina was “much tougher, capable of taking more punishment”. It was funny, for about three seconds, then you realized this is how some people actually think!


  2. eof737 says:

    Oxymoron of the decade… legitimate rape. Such nonsense! 😦


  3. Rapist should never be allowed to to escape the evil they made, more if it’s a child. It is sickening when they get away with it because they have a good lawyer or are influential or for any other reasons. Evil people should pay the pray and shame on those who tolerate them or even protect them. Great post my friend.


    • likeitiz says:

      No argument about that, IT. But what really gets me incensed, is when some people try to interpret their ridiculously antiquated notions that impose unrealistic expectations of women and belittle the violation that rape causes in women. Or the refusal of these same people to understand and accept the advance,ends in science and their outrageous and even extinct beliefs in evolution and women’s reproduction.


  4. munchow says:

    Again and again I am amazed about how some people perceive the world. Legitimate rape? That is simply outrageous. And those people’s understand of biology is nothing short of medieval. For me it’s completely out there that this discussion is still such a hot potato in this country. Where I come from we have put this behind decades ago – with a few extreme exception of course. Can’t kill an unborn child, but killing anybody else is fine (so it seems, almost at least)!! I can’t take that kind of double moral.


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