I am sure most of you were aware of the outrageous comment that senatorial candidate from Missouri, Todd Akin (R), made in August of last year. In an interview he was asked whether abortion should be legal in cases of rape. This was his reply: “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.”
Are you kidding me? I, along with most of America, fell out of their chairs with that ignorant and ill-informed remark. First of all, is this what America has come to when old (he is 65) and rich political figures make remarks about how the woman’s body responds to rape? Does this man have a vagina and/or ever experienced the horrific action of rape? I know not. Furthermore, he is saying that if a woman gets legitimately raped, she will not get pregnant because her body shuts down. That is ridiculous. Wow, this should be a wakeup call for America regarding how we view rape. Recent studies have shown that rape and consensual sex have the same pregnancy rate.
Why are politicians even talking about “legitimate” rape? It sounds like they are putting a technicality to a horrific act! This obviously does not set a good example for our youth today. Rape is rape no matter if it is legitimate or not. Our whole framework of society that is supposed to teach the male gender to respect women seems very flawed. Parents should be teaching boys and young men that rape is wrong no matter what. They should be teaching them respect for the female gender. Instead the media is telling the male gender that if he legitimately rapes a female, pregnancy will not occur because her body will shut down.
Later Akin apologizes and says he misspoke and he was ill-conceived and wrong. At least the man had the decency to apologize. Still his comment burns in the minds of the American citizens like a nightmare you can’t wake up from.
On top of this, we have Superior Court Judge Derek G. Johnson backing up Akin’s legitimate rape comment saying: “I’m not a gynecologist, but I can tell you something. If someone doesn’t want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down.”
Another person of power (and a judge, no less) makes a comment about how the female body works during rape. He even states in his comment he is not a professional on how the female body works, yet he still acts like he knows the female body will shut down during rape. Hmmmm! I wonder if his body would shut down from getting butt raped in prison.:) Just saying.
Another Senate candidate, Richard Mourdock (R) of Indiana, supports legitimate rape and Akin’s comment. He argues that pregnancies that result in cases of rape are “something God intended to happen.” http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/01/11/gop-rep-todd-akin-partially-right-on-legitimate-rape/
So God intended the female to be raped so she can get pregnant. He also later tried to back track his remarks. These men should choose their words more wisely on a subject like rape. They are in the media and influence people. Are these the kinds of Americans helping run the country that today’s youth might look up to? If so, we are in bad shape.