What’s a “Legitimate” Rape?

U.S. GOP Representative Todd Akin, who is trying to win Senator Claire McCaskill’s seat, said,

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors (pregnancy after rape) is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

And from what I understand, rape is rape. So exactly what is a legitimate rape? Is it a stranger rape (as opposed to date or marital rape)? Does the former have more weight, which means it’s the “legitimate” kind? I don’t get it.

If a woman says, “no,” it’s no. If you force her, it’s rape. I don’t care if she’s someone you’ve been dating, your girlfriend, or even your wife. It’s her body, and she has every right to determine whether or not to have sex. Hopefully, men (and yes, women too) don’t hear a woman’s “no” and think, “she really means yes” – like it’s part of “the game.” If they believe it, still. Err on the side of caution and back off.

What she wears also has no bearing. Although extremely foolish (not to mention tacky), if she’s dressed like a $2 hooker, she’s not “asking for it.” The only think she’s asking for is a style intervention. Also, she could be walking down the street naked. None of these things give someone the right to violate her.

Representative Akin released a statement and a Tweet later,

“In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year…all of us understand that rape can result in pregnancy & I have great empathy for all victims. I regret misspeaking”

Message to Todd: Well, I’m glad you owned it at least. I regret reading the article, though. Why? You provided a reason why many rapes go unreported. Some women don’t want to risk not being believed if their date, boyfriend, or even husband did it. They don’t want things like what they were wearing or how many men they’ve been with to influence their credibility. No means no. Rape, whether stranger, acquaintance, date, or marital, is rape. “Legitimacy” does not apply.


5 responses to “What’s a “Legitimate” Rape?

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  • lbwoodgate

    I’m sure Mr. Akin does “regret misspeaking” since it is likely to effect how some people will vote against him this November. I have a hard time understanding why people who claim to “misspeak” can’t reach down inside themselves and say “I am deeply sorry …” Is the word “sorry” like the word “compromise” is with some of them? Their ideological beliefs are so overbearing that they don’t want to reflect anything that makes them look weak to their peers.

    Misspeaking only seems to come into play after the damage is already done. It’s a practice by those who believe more in “shoot first and express your regrets later”.

    I’m sorry but when words like this slip out of people’s mouth before they consider their political ramifications, to me it’s a sign of what they truly hold inside of them.

    • Spinny Liberal

      You’re absolutely right. He regrets saying it for that reason – the ramifications in November. He didn’t say “I’m sorry” because I’m sure he’s not. Which is disgusting. And ITA – slips of the tongue are usually a good indication of what they believe. There wasn’t time to think.

  • Ric

    Akin didn’t own it, as you say. He was very clear in his interview about what he was saying. The sole reason for his apology is that he got caught saying what he believes and realized it would cost him votes. To ‘misspeak’ is to get a word or a phrase wrong. Getting a whole interview wrong? No.

    I asked the same question about ‘legitimate’ rape, but put it a little more personally for Rep. Akin. Would it be legitimate rape if he had a fiberglass broomstick shove up his ass instead of a wooden one?

    ‘Deep empathy’? Bullshit! That piece of crap hasn’t a clue. His interview made that clear. He and people like him are a disease in this country.

    • Spinny Liberal

      Saying he misspoke was far from an apology. I guess he owned it by saying he “misspoke” – but as Larry said, what slips out is usually “a sign of what they truly hold inside of them.” The fact that he’s not backing down tells me that he really believes his own BS.

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