Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rape is Rape.

"The views expressed were offensive. Rape is rape. And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn't make sense to the American people and certainly doesn't make sense to me. So what I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn't have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women."
-President Obama, after Rep Todd Akin's (R-Mo) comment about "legitimate rape" and abortion that has seemingly blown up his campaign.

 One article I read (I think on Jezebel) pointed out that the "shock" over Akin's comments is misplaced. Shock is stupid. We know that politicians have ridiculously archaic views on women's health, that the past two years have been banner years in the US for horrifying statements about rape and personal integrity and personhood of women. Shock is over. It's just time to be mad.

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