Tuesday, August 21, 2012

So about Rep. Todd Akin...

I knew it. I fucking knew it. I knew that as sure as the goatee on my face that somewhere sooner or later someone was going to take Representative Todd Akin's words on "legitimate rape" and say something to the effect of "when it comes to rape bad stuff only happens to women".

Specifically, it demeans women, because we don’t hear these words in describing male rape, that’s always honest, forcible, and legitimate*.
Just to slow your roll from going over there to inform them of their erroneous thinking that little star there is a note adding in the fact that someone has already done that.

James Landrith to the rescue.

The truth is as for as horrible as Akin's remarks were towards women that horribleness IN NO WAY translates into the idea being taken seriously is a consideration that is only extended to male rape victims. In fact the record has shown that male rape victims face their own set of uphill battles when it comes to rape (you can follow that link to Landrith's blog for that breakdown if you wish).

Now that we have that straight let's continue to call Akin on the bull that came from his mouth shall we?

Let's take a look at what he said:
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Akin said that even in the worst-case scenario — when the supposed natural protections against unwanted pregnancy fail — abortion should still not be a legal option for the rape victim.
Okay I don't know where he got his learning on biology of the human female but from what I've learned the female reproductive system on it's own doesn't have the capacity to recognize if a pregnancy was the result of a plan, an accident, a rape, or whatever. Even when bringing the female mind into it's not like she can just will her reproductive functions to just stop on command (but if they could....).

Personally I think he meant "legitimate" in the sense of "If it really was rape...." but it still doesn't hold water.

As was said this type of talk does indeed demean women by trying to take away abortion rights on the grounds that, "If she really wanted to she could shut down the pregnancy on her own so why does she need abortion options?".

And this guy represents a large population of people somewhere?