Lord of the Nuva Rings

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

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.


Posted on by Beauty Jackson in Feminism, Rape Culture 6 Comments

6 Responses to Lord of the Nuva Rings

  1. Markimus Dubicus

    Let me further your points in asking what the hell is “legitimate rape”? That’s where a woman’s nether regions don’t get any sense of arousal during the act of the rape, therefore she REALLY doesn’t want it…b/c that’s a myth some repubs are perpetrating as well. If her body had shown any sign of arousal, then it couldn’t be rape. That “confident ignorance” infuriates me. And the saddest part is that he may still win that Senate seat.

  2. Heather

    The (made up) theory that women rarely get pregnant during a rape is also false. What the hell? I think I read somewhere that there are 32,000 pregnancies a year due to rape, and that is only the number that is reported. I’m always angry about the GOP’s stance on women’s rights, but I am one hundred times angrier right now with all the bull crap these people are spewing.

    I love that tweet, though. I want to high five that person.

    • Heather

      Oh, wait… YOU tweeted that. I love you. *high five*

  3. E.A. Blair

    I think it is also appropriate to ask how many of those quoted, whether women or men, have any qualifications to speak on the subject, i.e., medical and preferably gynecological training? I do think it’s possible for a man to be a responsible spokesman on women’s and reproductive health provided he is qualified and not either a politician or religious fanatic.

    • Beauty Jackson

      It’s not that men can NOT speak on these issues. The fact that the number of men DWARF the number of women consulted (and there are plenty of female professionals qualified to speak on these issues), is what’s problematic.


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