Rape is Rape is Rape is I Can’t Believe People Don’t Get This

Irrelevant disclaimer: I just moved to a new apt where I don’t have internet, so there may not be much on this blog for a while.

That said, while I DO have internet, I think the issue of “honest” rape/”legitimate” rape is definitely what I want to talk about.  Know why? Because there is NO SUCH THING AS “HONEST RAPE” VS “OTHER RAPE”.  Nope. Rape=Rape.  Every time.  Doesn’t matter if the people were married.  Doesn’t matter if it took the woman weeks to report.  Doesn’t matter if she didn’t take the morning after pill because she thought pregnancy was unlikely and then three months later realized she needed an abortion.  Doesn’t matter if she was drunk.  All of it is rape, people.

So all my readers, don’t vote for Ron Paul or Todd Atkin.  They’re obviously not going to defend your rights as a woman.

So let’s backtrack, in case anyone missed the incidents to which I am referring.  Because I actually missed the first one, which occurred back in February, when Ron Paul said in an interview that only victims of “honest” rape deserved an abortion.  In the words of Steve Benen at the Maddow Blog, this implies that women cannot be trusted with reporting rapes.  Hmm. I wonder why women don’t report rapes…OH RIGHT, it’s because they’ll be called liars and whores when they do.  That’s problem number one.

But this actually seems to imply something else, that some rapes are rapier than other rapes.  And I think we all know where this is going: marital rape, rape when the two parties were already hooking up and someone called it off and the other decided not to take no for an answer, these are somehow not “honest” rapes.  These are “misunderstandings” or some such crap.  Or, as Jessica Pieklo, writing for Care2, pointed out in a post shortly after the comment was made, it could imply that a woman needs to have shown signs of resisting.  This harkens back to the days when a woman had to have shown that she fought, and that she used “enough force” when she was fighting, or showed “enough resistance” to prove it was rape.

Of course that’s a load of crap, because if someone was holding a gun to my head, I wouldn’t be fighting back.  I’d be doing everything they said in order to not get shot.  But that’s still rape.  And rape when the woman is unconscious or drugged so that she can’t fight back is ALSO STILL RAPE.  In fact, this criteria is such b.s. that our justice system had it removed, and it no longer has to be proven that a woman “fought hard enough” to prove it was not consensual.  And no way does Ron Paul have the right to decide that we should re-introduce this.

But apparently it was too much to hope that only Ron Paul could say something this stupid.  And this brings us to Todd Akins.  Akins, it should be noted, is a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.  He is currently running for Senate, representing Missouri.  So, my Missouri readers, get on this.  Because there’s no such thing as “legitimate” rape vs other rape either.

Want the actual comment?  Akins literally said that “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.”

STOP RIGHT THERE.  Someone with so little understanding of biology does not deserve a seat on the House Committee on Science.  The female body can’t differentiate between sperm we consented to have there and sperm we didn’t consent to have there.  Sperm is sperm.  So no, there is no way that the female body can just “shut that whole thing down”.  The reason it’s rarer is that many women are on birth control and/or men may choose to use condoms, even in rape cases.  THAT is science.  Uteri don’t just put up gates and lock everything down because it’s a rape.  If rape victims can experience orgasm because their bodies can’t tell the difference, they can certainly get pregnant.

Note to Republicans: even if she orgasms, if she didn’t consent, IT IS STILL RAPE.

Now, Akins has actually apologized, saying he misspoke, but I think we all know that’s nonsense.  As Alexandra Petri, a Washington Post blogger, pointed out, ‘I think he is using the new modern definition of misspoke: “said something in total sincerity that terrified everyone who heard it and which therefore I must not have meant.”‘

Well said, Ms. Petri.

Ms. Petri’s op-ed raises a lot of good points in a very hilarious way, but most of all it gets right to the heart of the issue: politicians in this country REFUSE to accept that women ought have a choice as to what goes on with their bodies.  They assume that women should not be able to choose to have sex (“sluts! whores!”) nor does it matter if they say no.   And of course the real issue that both Ron Paul and Todd Akins are hung up on is abortion: because now that a woman has been impregnated against their will, they should still have these children, apparently.  Unless, of course, it is an “honest rape”. But according to Akins, even if the woman does get pregnant, it’s not the child that should be punished, it’s the rapist.

At no point does he seem to address what is happening to the woman.

People like this have no business making laws for us.  They have no business making decisions concerning our bodies.  Rape is rape.  It really is that simple.  And there should be NO debate over whether or not a woman who got pregnant by rape should HAVE to carry this baby to term.  It is a CHOICE-~-and since the rapist took away all control she had in that moment, the least society could do is let her control some of the consequences.


~ by Randi Saunders on August 20, 2012.

4 Responses to “Rape is Rape is Rape is I Can’t Believe People Don’t Get This”

  1. Well said! I can’t believe the misogynist religious right wing idiots that keep crawling out of the Republican woodwork. I really hope theirs is not an agenda that wins the elections!

  2. Reblogged this on inmyinternest and commented:
    Another great post on “legitimate” rape.

  3. I agree with the post, but I’m confused by one thing said about Ron Paul. He has many young supporters, many of whom are women. I’m pro choice myself but like many things Ron Paul talks about like we can’t afford to be the policemen of the world and the Federal Reserve needs to be audited. I agree Akin is a total asshole. But Ron Paul has some good points.

    • Sure, some of those points may be valid. For me, the preservation of my rights is the issue I’m more likely to vote on than the need to audit the Federal Reserve.

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