SAVE US FROM fundamentalist Republicans. And from so-called “Feminist Perspectives on Rape.”
Rep. Todd Akin has, unwittingly to be sure, harmed the pro-life movement, his senatorial race in Missouri, the Republican Party, and therefore quite possibly the nation. [...] While he should not have used the term “legitimate rape,” he could have explained later that, given the expanded definitions of rape, not all claims of “rape” are truly rape. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry for Feminist Perspectives on Rape states, for example, that “we must recognize that, in some cases, ‘yes’ also means no … The man may threaten to sue for custody of their children, to derail her green card application, to evict her, or simply to sulk and make her life miserable for days should she refuse to have sex. Which (if any) of such nonviolent coercive pressures should be regarded as rape, either morally or legally, is a matter of some controversy.” – Dennis Prager
As a woman who grew up amid the modern feminist revolution, I reject this so-called feminist “philosophy” completely. Rape is not a term to be utilized for convenience to make a point, but applies only to the physically violent power assault against a woman (or a man, let’s remember).
But Prager’s utilization of this outlandish example of feminism, as well as his usage of the term “legitimate rape,” is further illustration of why the Republican platform will affirm the Akin-Paul Ryan theory of women reproductive rights.
At least Prager gets this part correct:
The far greater problem was Congressman Akin’s other comment: “From what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy is] really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” As one wit put it about such a comment: that was worse than wrong, it was stupid. Akin should say so. And so should the pro-life movement. Unless — and this would be upsetting — he, and the movement, don’t think this comment was stupid. Pregnancy from rape is rare because a “woman’s body shuts down”? Who told Akin this? And why would he believe it, even if some doctor did tell him this?