Today, we’re going to talk about three things that I hate with an extreme, burning passion: Rape, those who marginalize or make excuses for rape, and people who tell infertile women to “just relax” if they want to get pregnant. That might seem like an odd combination, but a single Republican congressman has managed to roll them all into one big ball of awfulness. More
Topic: Todd Akin
Throughout this election cycle, we’ve seen politician after politician from the Republican party make ignorant and insensitive comments about women. With each statement, we’ve had to shake our heads and wonder how men who don’t seem to understand half of the country could ever hope to represent any group of constituents. During yesterday’s election, it looks like female voters stood up and let these thoughtless candidates know just how powerful our votes are. More
Prepare your uterus to “shut that whole thing down” because the Missouri representative is back on the airwaves talking his notorious area of expertise. Only this time he brought along a rape survivor to put it all into perspective for you. More
Todd Akin’s comments weren’t “gaffes” or “misinterpretations by the press.” They were his beliefs. They just weren’t very popular. More
You can’t keep an ignorant man down. More
With new national funding and high-level endorsements, the Senate candidacy of Todd Akin is gaining momentum. Here’s why women everywhere should be offended by that. More
Who likes broken records? I hope you do because I might sound like one here. I feel like we’ve had this conversation before, but House Representative Roscoe Bartlett from Maryland has added some new aspects to the misinformation surrounding pregnancy, rape, and abortion. That means we get to go through this mess again. Don’t blame me, blame clueless politicians who spout bogus “facts.” More
Things I never knew that we needed to explain to politicians:
- Rape is never “legitimate” or illegitimate. It’s just rape.
- Women’s bodies are awesome, but they are not magical.
- “Forcible rape” is redundant.
- And the newest addition to this list, getting pregnant from rape is not the same thing as getting pregnant out of wedlock. Those two experiences are not comparable at all.
For a woman to be victimized, and then to be victimized again by being forced to carry a child to term that was conceived during a crime is unthinkable. More