I would also add that we should treat them exactly as we treat the little kid in the grocery store - with withering condescension, or outright silent disdain.
Last week, Paul Ryan gave an interview in which, defending his position that there should be no excuses for abortion, he referred to rape as a “method of conception.”
Wow, right? Talk about a benign euphemism. Rape —RAPE! — is now a “method of conception.” You know, like love-making, just without the love.
There could be no greater testament to the utter abdication of responsibility by what passes for a “news” media in America in 2012 than that, despite the grotesquerie of this cavalierly callous comment, chances are better than good that this is the first you’re hearing of it.
Here, watch it — and try to figure out why this has gotten NO MAINSTREAM MEDIA play (not even here at the Huffington Post) despite it being, to my mind, a far more offensive remark than Todd Akin’s imbecilic blurt of last weekend. What, are we tired of stupid remarks about rape now, so Ryan gets a free pass?
Given the demands for Akin’s resignation from a mere Senate race when his musings on “legitimate rape” were publicized, what do you imagine the reaction would be if people were as familiar with VP wannabe Ryan’s stunning statement? Might there be a cacophony of outrage? Might there be calls for his resignation from the ticket? Might there be a focus on how fundamentally oblivious these people who would make our laws are to not just women’s but humans’ rights and dignity? Sure, there might, but then of course people would have to have heard about it.
According to the man who would be the proverbial heartbeat away from the White House, and who in any event would — given Romney’s utter hollowness — have an inordinate influence on the judicial appointments that will determine how much freedom our children get to live under, RAPE = “METHOD OF CONCEPTION.” And yet, unless you’re a frequenter of one of a dozen or so lefty blogs — or my friend on Facebook — you probably knew nothing about it.
I truly despair for the country my 14-year-old daughter is inheriting. That a remark this intensely revealing of the danger posed by this ticket can go basically unreported is as nauseating to me as the quote itself.
YOU awesome readers heard about, because I love you enough to keep you in the loop. I don’t know what the rest of the media is doing with their time.
this deserves ten million notes.
What a fuckhead
“A survey of 11-to-14 year-olds found: ·
- 51% of the boys and 41% of the girls said forced sex was acceptable if the boy, “spent a lot of money” on the girl;
- 31% of the boys and 32% of the girls said it was acceptable for a man to rape a woman with past sexual experience;
- 87% of boys and 79% of girls said sexual assault was acceptable if the man and the woman were married;
- 65% of the boys and 47% of the girls said it was acceptable for a boy to rape a girl if they had been dating for more than six months.”
This is fucking scary, and it shows that we do live in a “rape culture” in which abusers and rapists have little idea that they are doing something wrong. My abuser didn’t….
In which we despair for the universe…
There are so many of these horrible survey results, and everyone should know them and then tell me there’s no such thing as misogyny and rape culture.
These stats need to be reblogged all the fucking time because SHIT
What the fuck.
AND THEY WONDER WHY I NEED FEMINISM.
Republicans are idiots, there I said it.
D - …and in other news, water is wet, the sun is hot, and drinking cold drinks too fast will give you a headache.
JP - A quick aside to all the Republicans who took offense at the previous statement: These are statements made by the people representing your party. By not speaking out against this kind of shit, you are consenting to it. By not calling out this “legitimate rape” and medieval faux-biology bullshit, you are agreeing with it, and you believe that the female body can shut down a pregnancy if she’s been “legitimately” raped.
Ergo, you are an idiot.
That proven, the question then becomes, “What do you do?”
(TW: rape, victim blaming)
I can’t believe some people are so twisted that they think this way.
This is from prolife4eva
Blurred out the asker because I’m not going to post the URL of a person who says she was sexually assaulted. If you feel so inclined, you can go to the blog and find it yourself.
i’m going to throw up
This is such bullshit
so when did “being in the same room as a person willingly” become the legal definition of consent again
SO any time I have been in a room with someone, they’ve had the “right” to rape me?
I really don’t give a shit about the futures of rapists or how much THEIR lives will be changed by their identities being known.
I care about the rape survivors and if you don’t then I’m sorry you have some really fucked priorities.
Like, i care about them like I care about all people— they deserve shelter and food and such. But I’m more worried about the rape victim.
Rape is worse than murder because when you rape, you kill someone and then force that person to go on living.