Legitimacy (Trigger Warning)

Not often do I find myself seething after only one cup of tea in the morning, but today seems to be that kind of day. Legitimate rape, Mr. Akin?

I have a few questions about this. The first one, is how we define legitimate rape from the opposite, which can only be illegitimate rape. What makes them different? Oh wait. I might have an answer to that.
Are you saying that legitimate rape is when it’s very clear that the woman wasn’t asking for it because that’s what I’m seeing from this. Because clearly, the defenses Mr. Akin claims “shut down” pregnancies resulting from legitimate rape are in place so that if the woman really doesn’t want it, her magical ovaries can stop from getting pregnant.
Let’s take a look at that another way – our actual bodies are responsible for shutting down unwanted pregnancies. It’s a little like the argument that if a woman wears a short skirt, and is raped, she was asking for it.
Further indications of Akins understanding of rape are explained in the article, as we learn that Akin has stated that women claim to have been raped to “beat up on the husband” in divorce proceedings.
Somehow, it isn’t surprising to me that 33 out of 50 states consider marital rape a lesser crime than stranger rape. Yet statistics tell us that 1 out of 6  women are raped, and that it is far more likely to be raped by someone you know. (RAINN stats)
Furthermore: “In 2004-2005, 64,080 women were raped.8 According to medical reports, the incidence of pregnancy for one-time unprotected sexual intercourse is 5%. By applying the pregnancy rate to 64,080 women, RAINN estimates that there were 3,204 pregnancies as a result of rape during that period.”

So. Rape? Pretty much always going to be rape. I’d prefer to not call it legitimate, given that the language infers that it is OK to perpetrate rape against another person.

I hope that clears things up for the future, Mr. Akin.


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One response to “Legitimacy (Trigger Warning)

  1. Great blog , Elsa ! You could have also mentioned the recent Republican phrase”forcible rape” versus nonforcible ??? Is there anyone out there that knows how to shut “it” down….whatever the hell that means ?

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