Ladies, follow Mr Akin’s advice, and Shut the Whole Thing Down!
Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, made a comment last week that is still reverberating throughout the blogosphere: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut the whole thing down.”
Aside from the pure stupidity it takes to utter these words, there is the complete insensitivity to the victims of the humiliating, invasive and horrific crime of rape. Who the hell does this guy think he IS?
Oh, yeah — he’s a MAN. In his view, and the view of so many like him, who seem to be concentrated in the Republican party, the man is the boss. He tells his pretty little lady what to do and say, and keeps his daughters from ever getting in a potential rape situation by bringing them up right. Far right.
But what Mr. Akin and his ilk apparently don’t know, is that it can happen to anybody, anytime. And it’s easy to tell someone else’s daughter or wife from afar, who you don’t know, that they should regard the rapist’s seed as a gift from God, and have the baby anyway. As that great sage, Rick Santorum tells the victims, you need to realize you have been given “the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you.”
Now, all of this has rightly sparked rage amongst women everywhere. But as it turns out, Mr. Akin was right! Only, not in the way he thought.
Women, CAN shut “the whole thing down” — and we sincerely hope they will!