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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What the Fuck Is Up with Republicans and Rape?

Posted by on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

If you thought the SECB's joke about "the R-Word" and Republicans was over the top, you probably haven't been paying much attention to national politics.

Of course there's Republican Representative Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin, running for the US Senate in Missouri. Then there's Republican Richard "God Intended Rape" Mourdock, running for the US Senate in Indiana. And now there's Tom Smith, running for the US Senate in Pennsylvania, who when asked about Akin's comments on rape and pregnancy, chimed in by equating rape with with consensual out-of-wedlock sex:

I lived something similar to that with my own family,” Smith said. He then described his daughter’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy — from consensual sex.

“She chose life, and I commend her for that. She knew my views but fortunately for me … she chose the way I thought. Now don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t rape.”

Smith affirmed that he believed his daughter’s pregnancy from consensual sex was similar to a rape. “Put yourself in a father’s position, yes, I mean it is similar.

I'm not sure if Smith is saying that his daughter's out-of-wedlock pregnancy from consensual sex was similar to her getting raped or similar to him getting raped, but either way it presents a rather twisted conflation of the two acts.

The fact that so many Republicans support outlawing abortion even in the case of rape is disturbing enough. But the fact that so many of them feel comfortable talking openly about their bizarre views on sexuality, conception, and God's will, should be taken as a warning shot about what the Republicans really intend to do should they control Congress and the next couple appointments to the Supreme Court.

These aren't fringe legislative candidates from Podunk, Alabama. These are Republican US Senate nominees. Possible national GOP leaders. Leaders who believe that some rape is legitimate, that conception from rape is God's will, and who can't tell the difference between forced and consensual sex, even when it involves their own daughter! To be clear, when Republicans talk about outlawing abortion, it's not simply an effort to appease their base. This is what they intend to do. And they intend to do it based on their own medieval views about human sexuality.

In that context, I think it is past time for all Republican candidates, regardless of the office being sought, to speak frankly about their own views on birth control, abortion, rape, conception, and God's will. It ought to make for some frightening comedy.

 

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Catalina Vel-DuRay 1
Republicans have a lot of sex problems. I think it is because of authoritarian toilet training on the part of Republican mothers, and emotionally distant Republican fathers.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on October 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM · Report this
CC-Rob 2
Seriously, they represent the American version of the Taliban.
Posted by CC-Rob on October 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 3
They're not POSSIBLE Senators. Mourdock is going to win. He's going to be a Senator, just like Rand Paul. Akin, probably not, but just barely.
Posted by Max Solomon on October 24, 2012 at 11:54 AM · Report this
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It's a shame one of these men can't be raped and be pregnant for 9 months and give birth to get a little first-hand experience of what they advocate.
Posted by natalie on October 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 5
I remember this when it came out.... two months ago.

I understand your point. I'd prefer you would present it in the proper timeline.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on October 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM · Report this
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If pregnancy by rape is God's will, then so is the rape God's will.

Not a very nice God, those Republicans have.
Posted by judybrowni on October 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM · Report this
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At the same time, the Democrats have made it policy to wield these demon words as their own clubs.

So, yes...let's have that open discussion.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on October 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM · Report this
Farbe 8
"open discussion"???? Any candidate for public office invoking "god's will" as a motivation or cause of action instantly demonstrates that person to be unfit for office.
Posted by Farbe on October 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM · Report this
Helenka (also a Canuck) 9
Hmm. I can see why Smith would think the two are "similar". It was like rape because the guy that got his daughter pregnant didn't ask Smith's permission to have sex with her.
Posted by Helenka (also a Canuck) on October 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM · Report this
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#8

Like it or not, more people believe in God than evolution...and this is a democracy.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on October 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 11
What is up with the Republican men is that they don't think they have to answer to anyone for their words and actions. They never had to in the past. But it's a new day now.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on October 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM · Report this
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@10, Democracy and plutocracy are incompatible. So, make a choice and stick to it.
Posted by anon1256 on October 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 13
Republicans see everything as personal choice. They truly do believe that women who are raped asked for it. That's how Smith can so easily compare consensual sex with rape.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on October 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Report this
Goldy 14
@10 So are you suggesting that if a majority of Americans believe Creationism over evolution, then Creationism wins, and that is what we should teach in our schools?
Posted by Goldy on October 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Report this
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@10 - oh, Dowager Countess. You and your batty ways. Next you're going to tell us the electric light disturbs your T-zone.
Posted by johnjjeeves on October 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM · Report this
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If the rape was God's will, and the pregnancy was God's will, who's to say that an abortion isn't God's will, too?
Posted by Emily68 on October 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM · Report this
samktg 17
Republicans hate women.
Posted by samktg on October 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 18
These guys need to be slipped a hearty dose of rohypnol then dumped in the gutter at the Folsom Street Fair. Maybe a few hours crawling helplessly down a street full of leather guys with their dicks hanging out would give them a little empathy.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on October 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM · Report this
raggeddog 19
What @5 said. I agree with everything you said here, but get the timeline right Goldy.
Posted by raggeddog on October 24, 2012 at 1:04 PM · Report this
sirkowski 20
Man rapes woman; God doesn't intervene because of Free Will. God intervenes to make her pregnant because fuck you that's why.

The Republican Party's platform is The Handmaid's Tale.
Posted by sirkowski http://www.missdynamite.com on October 24, 2012 at 1:09 PM · Report this
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There is also Roger Rivard a Wisconsin State Legislator - Republican (surprise!) that commentede that "some girls rape easy." He'll probably win his reelection bid too, NICE...
Posted by Quelinda1 on October 24, 2012 at 1:14 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 22
@21 Here's a summary of all (sadly, not all) the rape-crazy pols:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/24…

I posted this link on my Facebook page with the title "Such Nice Boys--Our God is a Psychopath edition." 'Cause I don't like to be confrontational...
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on October 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM · Report this
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If one act of violence, (rape), is gods will, then all are. So if we round up all republicans, put them in camps and exterminate them... Well, shucks. Gods will after all.
Posted by Pol Pot on October 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM · Report this
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The "father" in that quote is himself, the father of the now-pregnant woman or girl. To him, his daughter getting knocked up is equally tragic whether she had consensual sex or was raped, because the virginity that was his property to give away was taken.
Posted by drivel on October 24, 2012 at 2:40 PM · Report this
Geni 25
@9 - precisely. And he feels raped because he thinks his "property" is now less valuable. Gross.
Posted by Geni on October 24, 2012 at 3:06 PM · Report this
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Proposal: Let's not presume to understand these guys reasoning? gut? whatever that thing is they do to justify themselves to themselves (if anything). For one, it may damage our brains to try.

What they say and do is plenty bad enough.

Posted by david on October 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM · Report this
Cynic Romantic 27
@24 Yup. It's all about him, after all.
Posted by Cynic Romantic on October 25, 2012 at 12:02 AM · Report this

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