Maybe I’m missing something, but last I knew there’s nothing “legitimate” about rape. Unless of course, you Sen. Todd Akin (R-MO) who made the statement:
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. … But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”
Now maybe I’m missing the point, but what’s legitimate about the above scenario that Akin’s mumbling about? Did he ever sit with a woman who’s been raped? Did he ever have to be with such women if her attacker impregnated her and she now has to live with the humiliation of carrying her attacker’s child? That even though it’s not the child’s fault, the child’s a constant reminder to the woman of that horrific event? Or what about the woman who contracts a sexually transmitted disease, or worse, HIV from her attacker? Did Akin ever sit through that nightmare? Or how about the scores of victims scarred sexually and could not enjoy sexually healthy relationships? Did Akin ever sit with them? Or how about men who’ve gone through such an ordeal? Did Akin ever talked with them?
Did Akin ever sit with a woman who had to make the decision to terminate a pregnancy? Did he ever comprehend what was going through her mind as she tried to weigh out the possibilities and scenarios? Did Akin ever visit a clinic where poor women had to terminate since another mouth to feed would bankrupt them?
No to the above: Akin and his ilk never did. In fact, those like Sen. Akin don’t give a damn about women and their bodies. What it boils down to is nothing more than the control of a woman’s body based on Biblical myths and White male patriarchy. As I’ve said in the past, this group is losing power in America and will do anything in its power to keep a tight rein on it-even use legislative means.
It’s time for Government and the Institutional Church (two male-dominated and anachronistic organizations) to mind their own damn business and let a woman dictate what she wants to do with her body. As I’ve also stated earlier, women can take care of themselves quite nicely without a man’s intervention. It’s also time for Senator Akin to step down for his remarks; to me there’s nothing legitimate about him at all.