Rep. Akin - "legitimate rape"

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Registered: 06-02-2008
Rep. Akin - "legitimate rape"
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Mon, 08-20-2012 - 9:14am

When I learned of this story, all I could think of is --What?  This person is an elected official and  would use the term "legitimate rape"  (whatever that is supposed to mean, since he didn't explain himself).

In a statement Sunday, Akin wrote that he misspoke in the interview. He maintained his opposition to abortion for victims of rape.

"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," Akin wrote. "Those who perpetrate these crimes are the lowest of the low in our society and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve."

To read the entire story here is the URL   http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/19/missouri-republican-claims-legitimate-rape-rarely-results-in-pregnancy/?hpt=hp_t1

What are your thoughts? 

 

 

 

 

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Registered: 06-02-2008

In my perspective he can say whatever he wants regarding his opinions on abortion but I what frustrates me is he has this idea that there is some "legitimate" form of rape.

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Registered: 01-03-2001

Mis-spoke? HA! That's politico-speak for oops, I need to backtrack and not offend so many people with what I REALLY think! IMO...

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Registered: 02-16-2012
thatyank wrote:

Mis-spoke? HA! That's politico-speak for oops, I need to backtrack and not offend so many people with what I REALLY think! IMO...

YES. That's exactly what I was about to say. Grrrr.

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Registered: 07-07-2011

This guy needs some serious educating. 

"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," Akin continued. He did not provide an explanation for what constituted "legitimate rape." 

So what I'm getting from this is that if a woman becomes pregnant as a result of being raped,  than she must not have been legitimately raped because she was asking and wanting to become pregnant... through rape...by a rapist...

That's very logical, isn't it???  

What an idiot, we need more men like him in the government.   

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Registered: 05-25-2004

(This isn't directed at rangerfan, I merely hit "reply" after reading rangerfan's reply. Ooops.)

"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," Akin continued.

Okay, where to even begin on this topic.

le·git·i·mate  (l-jt-mt)

adj.
1. Being in compliance with the law; lawful: a legitimate business.
2. Being in accordance with established or accepted patterns and standards: legitimate advertising practices.
3. Based on logical reasoning; reasonable: a legitimate solution to the problem.
4. Authentic; genuine: a legitimate complaint.
5. Born of legally married parents: legitimate issue.
6. Of, relating to, or ruling by hereditary right: a legitimate monarch.
7. Of or relating to drama of high professional quality that excludes burlesque, vaudeville, and some forms of musical comedy: the legitimate theater.
 
How do the two words "legitimate" and "rape" even go together in anyone's warped mind? Does he mean the first definition that it's a lawful rape and complies with the law? Or that it's the second kind, it follows accepted patterns? Or the third definition, that rape is logical? The 4th one--it was an "authentic" rape as opposed to the unauthentic kind? #5 doesn't apply here. #6 says someone has the right because of hereditary--a man can rape his daughter legitimately? #7 makes no sense here other.
 
So there are 7 ways to use the word legitimate. How could anyone possibly put it with the word rape? Is there legitimate murder? Crime? Vandalism? How demeaning to women to have said such a horrible thing and later say, "Oops." Sorry, "oops" isn't good enough. He said it. He meant it. He has no heart and no understanding of rape or sexual abuse, and obviously not of abortion either.
 
My other problem with Akin is the rest of his sentence: "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." I'm assuming by "whole thing" he's referring to "legimate rape." And how does the female body shut down a rape? I'm a female and I'd really like to know what the hell a woman is supposed to do when she's being raped. Is there some off switch they forgot to teach me in school? Sorry, Akin, it doesn't work that way. Even when a woman OR child is being raped, the same things your body can do during chosen pleasurable sexual activity can happen during rape. So there's no off switch, no way to stop it once the man overpowers your (physically, emotionally, mentally--whatever power he has). The body can react the way it was made to react. What does he think, that because it's rape the woman's body will know the semen and eggs aren't supposed to be there and destroy them? Idiot idiot idiot. I am so angry about this guy's comments.
 
And he goes on to say the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not on the child (if the woman conceived). Sure, wouldn't we all like to see the rapist (or sexual abuser) punished? How many of them are caught and punished? I don't know the answer, but I doubt it's very high. What about the woman? Should she be forced to go through pregnancy, every day being a reminder of her rape? Every moment of nausea, every little thing in pregnancy being a reminder of what was probably the worst thing in her life? Pregnancy is a choice a woman can make when and if she's ready, not something that should be forced upon her, as the rapist was. I don't like the idea of abortion, I'll admit, but I'll also admit I think every woman has the right to make that choice for herself, whether it was rape or not. Our government should not have the power to decide that for a woman. And this idiot Akin should not have the power to make any decisions for anyone as stupid as he is.
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Registered: 06-02-2008
piananana wrote:

I think what he was really saying is that just because a woman says she was raped doesn't mean she was raped so therefore only those who were raped under certain criteria (whatever he has determined in his mind to be that criteria) fit the description of having been raped. I bet he doesn't really understand rape at all.

 

I didn't think about the whole false report situaiton but that would make sense if he actually meant it that way and if he did it really didn't come across that way.

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Registered: 05-25-2004

So his criteria could be that a woman is dressed appropriately (no short skirts or showing cleavage, etc.), acting appropriately (no flirting anywhere at anytime), behaving appropriately (no drinking at all, ever), and only being in appropiate places (no bars, no places where you might be alone at any time), with appropriate company (being chaperoned by a big brother to protect you)? Those could be his criteria. He still sounds as idiotic as he did when I first read the article. I personally don't think there's any way to make sense of what he said.