First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
- Rep. Todd Akin the Grey
Oh, patriarchy, you mischievous scamp you. You are fearless in your stupidity. I don’t expect men in power to “get it” when it comes to my issues as a woman. In fact, I don’t even expect them to attempt to get it when it comes to my issues as a woman. Even in 2012, my input regarding matters involving my body and well-being is unnecessary according to society at large.
I would be remiss in not acknowledging the media’s culpability in all of this. Rather than addressing the hateful, misogynistic thinking that spurs this type of ignorance on, the focus has been on the GOP’s political gaffes. “What does this mean for the election?” Mixing this story in as just one more wacky GOP blunder honestly takes the teeth out of this issue. There is a war against women. Women…those things the media likes to pretend don’t really exist when it comes down to questioning people on women’s issues. Hypersensitive hyperbole?
Not even. Men, hell society, really has very little interest in how we feel about governing our bodies. And in the small number of women who were actually consulted, I shudder to think of the percentage they selected who aligned themselves with the good old boys and decided that we should let the government (i.e. the menfolk) tell us what to do with our lady parts.
The frustrating thing is, rape is not a women’s issue. It is a societal issue. However, since it primarily impacts marginalized people (women, children, members of the LGBT community), the boys’ club sees fit to wash their hands of it. Because rape is not seen as a crime. It’s a punishment and a punchline. It’s what happens to bad girls who stay out too late, boys who like boys and men who go to jail.
The process of dealing with rape, turning your body into a veritable crime scene isn’t heart-rending enough. Akin and his cronies are essentially telling us that consent is organic. If you “legitimately” don’t want it, your body will fight off the rapists sperm. Or
Todd Akin really believes that Gandalf is at the gateway of my vagina thwarting Balrog sperm. I’m still struggling with this.
— Ms. Quinn (@beauty_jackson) August 20, 2012
And since he apparently has a moronic statement quota that he must meet, Akin went on to say:
Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work, or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.
In other words, “Let’s assume you’re a defective bitch, and your body got confused, this still isn’t our problem.” His confident ignorance amazed me. Once taken to task for his words, Akin’s response was that he “misspoke.” Saying Chris Tucker is hosting the MTV awards when it was really Chris Rock is “misspeaking.” What you did, Mr. Akin, was let your apathetic slip show.
As a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, you are not allowed to use “From what I understand,” as a platform for apathetic legislation. In fact, as a grown man who believes that Gandalf, Doozers and Patronus charms are my cervix’s only line of defense against rapist sperm, let’s go out on a limb and say that you shouldn’t speak on anything. You should open a book.
And no, dumbass – that book can not be The Hobbit.