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Monday, August 20, 2012

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OMG! I knew as soon as I read this headline news, there would be an awesome post here at DGMS!! Amen! You said it all and so well! Love you!!

I have been reading a lot of dystopian novels lately, and a few of them sound like the US in 40 years - people completely and totally controlled by government, prescribed as to what they can and can't do,'matched' with a partner by the government, assigned 'classes' by the government.

Completely scary when the headlines of today mirror what the books are 'fictionalizing' about the future.

Thanks, Katy. It's one of those where I felt sorry for my keyboard. (Typing really hard and fast.)

This rube should not be allowed to comment on or advocate Laws regarding women's reproductive rights, when it's blatantly obvious he hasn't even passed a standard 8th grade health class.

I truly hope that the good people of Missouri let him know loud and clear with their votes that they don't want an idiot to lead them. And he is not "Smarter than a Fifth Grader" since my 10 year old knows more about reproduction than he does.

I knew you'd post about this too. I was going to chime in with some smack about his bad comb-over choking the life out of his brain cells, but he is not worth my time or my consideration. Then I thought about being outraged at the thought of rape - ANY RAPE - as being called legimate or not legimate.

It astounds me that these are the men that are leading our country and that their true values and views have not come out before now...but more than anything, what boggles my mind,is that 54% of voting American's are women. How in the hell did this neanderthal - not to mention the Bachman's of Minnesota and the Palin's of Alaska - and their antiquated ideas get past the women of this country?

Time to take back our country ladies - enough is enough.

I could almost hear the pounding on the keyboard from here...
Perfectly put, my friend :)

now i just read that he claims that he meant to say "forcible" rape, not legitimate. So, does he still think that woman can stop a pregnacy from occuring if it's forcible rape? And forcible as opposed to WHAT??! And he's brushing it off as, "I'm not the first to suffer from foot in mouth decease." I'd like to give him foot up the ASS discease!!

Ha! now I'm typing hard and fast and misspeled (misspoke?) should have been disease, not decease, although that might be better for us all in his case...

:-D

*misspelled. :-(

Let's start (and keep) pressing him about his medical source. Was he told this by his wife's doctor? By his own doctor? By a professor at a medical school? He "mis-spoke" 'legitimate' for 'forceable' But I think most women would be very interested in knowing what truely ignorant doctor they shuold avoid!

Embarrassed to be a man....hard to believe someone could be so stupid, but the good news is in this coming election cycle the choices are totally clear.

Took the words right out of my fingers, Rudy -- today I am embarrassed for my whole gender. There is no defense for what this man said, and there is no recourse but to hope that Missouri returns him to private citizenship where he belongs. Rise up, Missouri women, and show us that the "show-me" state has seen this non-excuse of a man for what he really is, as Linda said -- "shitbag."

Watch this douchebag get re-elected, too. I hope his wife gave him what for when he got home. It's astonishing that any man can be this stupid. This ignorant. And still walk upright and not have a big sloped forehead.

I am copying and pasting the following from Huffpo this morning - it moved me to tears...

Dear Todd Akin,

I am writing to you tonight about rape. It is 2 AM and I am unable to sleep here in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am in Bukavu at the City of Joy to serve and support and work with hundreds, thousands of women who have been raped and violated and tortured from this ceaseless war for minerals fought on their bodies.

I am in Congo but I could be writing this from anywhere in the United States, South Africa, Britain, Egypt, India, Philippines, most college campuses in America. I could be writing from any city or town or village where over half a billion women on the planet are raped in their lifetime.

Mr. Akin, your words have kept me awake.

As a rape survivor, I am reeling from your recent statement where you said you misspoke when you said that women do not get pregnant from legitimate rape, and that you were speaking "off the cuff."

Clarification. You didn't make some glib throw away remark. You made a very specific ignorant statement clearly indicating you have no awareness of what it means to be raped. And not a casual statement, but one made with the intention of legislating the experience of women who have been raped. Perhaps more terrifying: it was a window into the psyche of the GOP.

You used the expression "legitimate" rape as if to imply there were such a thing as "illegitimate" rape. Let me try to explain to you what that does to the minds, hearts and souls of the millions of women on this planet who experience rape. It is a form of re-rape. The underlying assumption of your statement is that women and their experiences are not to be trusted. That their understanding of rape must be qualified by some higher, wiser authority. It delegitimizes and undermines and belittles the horror, invasion, desecration they experienced. It makes them feel as alone and powerless as they did at the moment of rape.

When you, Paul Ryan and 225 of your fellow co-sponsors play with words around rape suggesting only "forcible" rape be treated seriously as if all rapes weren't forcible, it brings back a flood of memories of the way the rapists played with us in the act of being raped -- intimidating us, threatening us,muting us. Your playing with words like "forcible" and "legitimate" is playing with our souls which have been shattered by unwanted penises shoving into us, ripping our flesh, our vaginas, our consciousness, our confidence, our pride, our futures.

Now you want to say that you misspoke when you said that a legitimate rape couldn't get us pregnant. Did you honestly believe that rape sperm is different than love sperm, that some mysterious religious process occurs and rape sperm self-destructs due to its evilcontent? Or, were you implying that women and their bodies are somehow responsible for rejecting legitimate rape sperm, once again putting the onus on us? It would seem you were saying that getting pregnant after a rape would indicate it was not a "legitimate" rape.

Here's what I want you to do. I want you to close your eyes and imagine that you are on your bed or up against a wall or locked in a small suffocating space. Imagine being tied up there and imagine some aggressive, indifferent, insane stranger friend or relative ripping off your clothes and entering your body -- the most personal, sacred, private part of your body -- and violently, hatefully forcing themself into you so that you are ripped apart. Then imagine that stranger's sperm shooting into you and filling you and you can't get it out. It is growing something in you. Imagine you have no idea what that life will even consist of, spiritually made in hate, not knowing the mental or health background of the rapist.

Then imagine a person comes along, a person who has never had that experience of rape, and that person tells you, you have no choice but to keep that product of rape growing in you against your will and when it is born it has the face of your rapist, the face of the person who has essentially destroyed your being and you will have to look at the face every day of your life and you will be judged harshly if you cannot love that face.

I don't know if you can imagine any of this (leadership actually requires this kind of compassion), but if you are willing to go to the depth of this darkness, you will quickly understand that there is NO ONE WHO CAN MAKE THAT CHOICE to have or not have the baby, but the person carrying that baby herself.

I have spent much time with mothers who have given birth to children who are the product of rape. I have watched how tortured they are wrestling with their hate and anger, trying not to project that onto their child.

I am asking you and the GOP to get out of my body, out of my vagina, my womb, to get out of all of our bodies. These are not your decisions to make. These are not your words to define.

Why don't you spend your time ending rape rather than redefining it? Spend your energy going after those perpetrators who so easily destroy women rather than parsing out manipulative language that minimizes their destruction.

And by the way you've just given millions of women a very good reason to make sure you never get elected again, and an insanely good reason to rise.

#ReasonToRise

Eve Ensler
Bukavu, Congo

Eve Ensler is an amazing woman/writer. If you have never had a chance to see The Vagina Monologues and the opportunity comes along, GO.

Funny how so many Republicans are calling on this idiot to drop out of the Senate race because his comments were so indefensible but no one is calling for him to leave his Congressional seat. It's okay to hold these beliefs but for God's sake, don't talk about them out loud! It might cost them a Senate seat.

OK, I read AND listened to this guy's apology, but he's yet to comment on his ignorant remark about women having some jedi mind trick ability to stop a pregnancy. Any woman who would vote for this man after the comments he made, should be stoned. (well, or smack hard up side the head!)
And I read today that the Republican party is pushing legislation to make having an abortion illegal, even IF the pregnancy is a result of rape. It was all I could take. I just filled out a form to change my party affiliation from Republican to "NONE." (side note to all: I had NO intentions of voting for Mitt Romney, but just hadn't cared enough before to change my party on my voter's registration till now)

His "apology" comes in the face of an onslaught of bad press for him. He has condensed it down to "one word" being wrong (I am quoting him.)

It's not ONE WORD. It is an entire mindset that makes people like him think they have any right legislating the most private parts of my body and my most private decision making.

He is only sorry he got slammed in the press, not sorry for his ignorance of biology, certainly not sorry for his help in crafting the heinous bills designed to strip women of their rights.

He is a shitbag, as are ALL men and women who support him and his ilk.

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