Just a friendly reminder that Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment was not actually an isolated gaffe. We’ve got Paul Ryan thinking that rape is just another “method of conception;” this yahoo out of Pennsylvania who thinks having your daughter get pregnant out of wedlock is about as upsetting as finding out your daughter was raped; Mona Charen defending Akin because the human body is, like, so weird you guys; actual GOP bills attempting to re-define rape as only including “forcible” assaults; actual elected GOP officials defining rape as something that only happens to “chaste women” by “some party not her spouse;” and several Republican and pro-life leaders being clear that rape only happens to sluts / rape is a gift / rape can’t result in pregnancy because “secretions” / rape can’t result in pregnancy because “the juices don’t flow” / rape can’t result in pregnancy because pregnancy requires “cooperation.”
But yeah sure, Akin was just a guy who phrased things poorly, and there’s no reason to believe that the GOP as a whole is packed to the brim with misogynists who have some serious issues when it comes to women and control and sexual violence. I’ll point out, as an aside, that Romney’s “abortion is ok in the case of rape” stance isn’t really any better than the Santorum-style “rape victims should see pregnancy as a gift.” Making a rape exception for abortion makes it pretty clear that you view anti-abortion laws as methods to punish “bad” women — if you had sex for pleasure and not procreation, and you got pregnant, you’re a Bad Lady who should be punished by being legally compelled to undergo ten months of pregnancy against your will. But if you were raped, and the experience was therefore traumatic and not done according to your own free will and definitely was not fun, then it’s ok for you to have an abortion because you shouldn’t be punished with a pregnancy, since you didn’t do the Bad Thing of wanting/liking the sex without being willing to have a baby.
Misogyny: a party-wide and movement-wide problem for the GOP, for pro-lifers and for social conservatives.
Hmmmm. It’s almost like someone should write a book about this.