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Rape August 22, 2012

Posted by Sobek in Politics.

Todd Akin doesn’t think rape victims can get pregnant.  At least, not if it’s “legitimate rape.”  How certain is he of this?  Certain enough that he’s willing to bet his political future, GOP control of the US Senate, the repeal of ObamaCare, down-ticket races, future Supreme Court picks, and as a corollary Roe v. Wade.  He also thinks the “I’m not a witch” gambit makes for successful politicians.

In other words, Todd Akin is a dumbass of such epic proportions, Peter Jackson will one day direct a twelve-part series of movies about him.  In the last installment, you’ll spend the last forty-five minutes thinking the movie is about to end, but then it will cut to yet another scene of yet another Republican excoriating him for his dumbassery.  (I could have linked any one of about a thousand conservative commentators for that last sentence, but I picked NiceDeb, because she’s nice.)

But I’m not writing this just to heap richly-deserved scorn on Todd Akin, or to observe that the shape of his skull may indicate some kind of mental retardation.  I mean, the man thinks Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin and Charles Krauthammer are “the liberal media,” so obviously there’s a good chance he’s an undiagnosed Down baby.  But that kind of remark is at once too easy and redundant.

No, I’m writing because Akin’s stupidity is also feeding the meme that Republicans hate women.  After all, you’d have to hate women pretty intensely to tell rape victims who conceive children that they secretly must have wanted it, right?

My problem with that is this: although Akin appears to have some enablers, and although I’m willing to assume that some of them are idiot Republicans rather than Dems who recognize a good way to save Claire McCaskill’s otherwise doomed Senate seat, liberals have a, um, dodgy record when it comes to the ol’ war on women.

Suppose a man drugged teen-age girls and forcibly sodomized them.  That’s the kind of thing you’d expect histrionic lefties to get into a slightly-more-frothy-than-usual rage about, right?  Unless it’s a liberal icon doing the forcible sodomizing, in which case it’s not “rape-rape.”  Honestly, I cannot wrap my mind around any aspect of the Roman Polanski case.  But most of Hollywood can, because they’re totally cool with it.  Hollywood is pro-rape.  Whoopi Goldberg is pro-rape.  But at least she isn’t alone.

Know who else is pro-rape?  Liberal British politician George Galloway.  He says sex with a sleeping woman isn’t rape.  Good to know.  That link is to him defending liberal icon Julian Assange, who is a rapist.  He’s also a liberal.

Former IMF Chief Dominic Strauss-Kahn is a rapist.  Know my favorite part about the Strauss-Kahn story?  It’s got to be his defense of the orgies he threw, when his lawyer argued, “I challenge you to tell the difference between a nude prostitute and a classy lady in the nude.”  (I can tell the difference.  If she’s at an orgy, she’s not a classy lady.)  I take that back.  My real favorite part about it is Ace’s hilarious take on the whole fiasco.  That’s always worth re-reading.

Let’s think bigger.  How about the UN?  Did you know they have so many rape crises that they had to set up a special task force just to investigate allegations of rape by peacekeepers?  I screwing with you, of course – they’d never investigate that.  If they spent all their time investigating UN-sponsored rape in Haiti, they wouldn’t have any time left to investigate UN-sponsored rape in the Ivory Coast.  Or the Congo.  Or Bosnia.  Or … holy crap, I was googling around for the story on that Congo thing.  I didn’t realize I’d get nine and a half million hits for “UN rape scandal.”  Sheesh.

Here’s another good one.  When I say “good,” I mean it’s a link to a story that involves the words “waitress sandwich,” “Chris Dodd” and “Ted Kennedy.”  And as long as we’re on the topic of liberal politicians/serial sexual predators who are beloved by liberals, Bill Clinton.  (Liberals complain about Republicans carping on Clinton by whining that “Republicans hate sex.”  That’s because they don’t know the difference between sex and rape, I guess.)

I need to emphasize that my point is not that sometimes liberals are rapists.  That opens up my whole premise to the obviously-true observation that sometimes conservatives are rapists.  My point is similar to something DrewM said about Palestinian terrorists a couple weeks ago.  It’s true that there are crazy, evil monsters in all societies.  But the crucial difference between America and Israel, on the one hand, and the Arab world, on the other, is that in the latter, the homicidal monsters are praised as heros.  America has its Timothy McVeighs, and more recently its Wade Michael Pages (dude shot up the Sikh temple in Wisconsin), but they are loathed and reviled as subhuman.  Just so with liberal rapists who are excused for their subhuman monstrosity by the same shrieking partisans most likely to claim Romney and Ryan hate women.

That is the crucial difference.  Republicans rose up against Akin because what he said about rape was awful, and asked (begged, cajoled, threatened) him to drop out of the race.  Liberals defend their actual rapists to the bitter end.  Liberals are pro-rape.

Know what? This post sucks. Here’s an awesome picture of a giraffe.


1. lauraw - August 22, 2012

Excellent rant. You are too modest; the rant is superior to the giraffe picture.

And now of course, that will be the new standard. Before I hit ‘publish’ on a post again, the question will be there: “Is this better than a picture of a giraffe?”

More bloggers should adopt this control.
*glances briefly at Michael*

2. daveintexas - August 22, 2012

Up close you can’t tell how tall giraffes are.

3. Sobek - August 22, 2012

The giraffe’s favorite song is Rolling in the Deep.

4. Michael - August 22, 2012

Giraffes are notorious for their good taste in music.

5. Michael - August 22, 2012

We got a new visitor from the United Arab Emirates four minutes ago.

6. Mitchell - August 22, 2012

Giraffes are also very fond of Enya and New Age music.

7. Retired Geezer - August 22, 2012

Giraffes don’t play Guild Wars 2.

As far as I know.

8. Michael - August 22, 2012

Giraffes are also very fond of Enya and New Age music.

That’s just not so. Every giraffe I know likes the Rolling Stones and Jethro Tull.

9. Mitchell - August 22, 2012

Bah, Stones & Tull are old hat & played out. You hang out with ancient giraffes. Current & hip giraffes also like moody & downtempo stuff like Zero 7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=Jj6yXxVc21Y

10. The Anti-Partisan - August 26, 2012

Wow, you criticized the liberals and the far right at the same time. If lefties come across this blog, their heads will frickin’ explode!

11. BrewFan - August 26, 2012

Giraffes don’t play Guild Wars 2.

They would if they had thumbs.

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