Funny things about Todd Akin’s comments. Paraphrase being, that if it’s a legitimate rape then the woman’s body has a way of shutting things down. And somehow, this is supposed to have something to do with his pro-life stance, when confronted with the King Solomon-esque problem of the case of rape or incest.
People didn’t react with outrage and populate the fainting couches because of the idea of a womans’ biology “shutting things down.” I want to add a “whatever that means,” except that I came across that very idea years ago in an online debate witth other students at my college. No, it wasn’t something I was espousing, but my opinons at that time were still realllly important for others to know about. My reaction when reading of what Akins said then, was more “oh right whatever happened to that idea….oh it’s being declared bullshit well, horaaay for democracy I’m gonna go say “rational” over and over and over.”
What do I care. It sounded far-fetched and even apologetical then, and sounds a little more far-fetched now, mostly ’cause I don’t care of his opinion, much less do I care about my opinion on abortion. Bigger brains to scramble.
But it seemed like people flipped their ever-lusting shit over the phrase “legitimate rape” much more than the silliness of pseudo-biology. Because the more you scream that there isn’t a problem, the less there is a problem. All rape is rape and qualifying a noun with an adjective removes the iron-clad connotation behind a noun. If a noun can be qualified, it can be dis-qualified, too. Can’t have that. Every little piece has to go into the same puzzle.
Because…fuck this guy, right? If it’s a legitimate false rape claim, the legal system has a way of shutting that whole thing down, doesn’t it?