My Favorite Legitimate Rape Comments

On Sunday, while you were sleeping in or going to church or working, Missouri senate hopeful and current Representative Todd Akin (R — because, duh, no self-respecting D would ever even think this) made the following comment when asked about his militant anti-abortion stance. He was asked about cases of pregnancy after rape:

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

I really lack the vocabulary to respond to this without resorting to gutteral language, and that would be extremely unfeminine of me. (Although I do want to respond to his phrase, that whole thing. It really irks me. Does he fear offending the delicate sensibilities of his constituents? He could have said “the female body has ways of preventing pregnancy” — false, of course — but instead he went with that extremely bizarre and almost childish phrase.)

Also, his apology went like this

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.

Empathy? Again with the words, Todd Akin. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, sayeth Google. You do not understand being raped. You do not understand women who have been raped. Just, no.

But! Wait! While I am rendered speechless, the internet has some great responses, including the following:

And of course, twitter is abuzz with clever 140-character responses. #legitimaterape trended for a while.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Responses

  1. A male FB friend posted this:

    I’m grateful every woman I’ve ever slept with has been able to “shut that whole thing down” so we didn’t get pregnant.

  2. That made me mad, too. I am pro-life as they come, but that was not a prolife statement. That was a pro-rape statement. That was a “women who claim to have been raped and gotten pregnant are liars” statement. Not cool.

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