Monday, August 20, 2012
Regressive rape opinion
Todd Akin, a Republican representative in Missouri, is running for Senate. He recently made some honest and astoundingly ignorant remarks on rape, saying that victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant because the "female body has ways to shut that whole thing down."First off, he qualifies "legitimate" rape, I guess meaning there are forms of it that are illegimate? That maybe women claim it was rape but it wasn't really? Or that it's ok to rape a woman under the right circumstances? And how ignorant can one be to think that the body can determine when the rape was "legitimate" and then know to abort the ill-conceived fetus? This is a US representative serving on the House Science and Tech committee and he doesn't understand basic biology. And who wants to be in the Senate. Really?