First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
- Rep. Todd Akin
“Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community — it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall.”
“My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex…very rarely [transmitted].”
-Ten. state Sen. Stacey Campfield
|Who could hunt this guy?|
-former Rep. (and former presidential candidate) Newt Gingrich
If combat means living in a ditch, females have biological problems staying in a ditch for thirty days because they get infections and they don't have upper body strength. I mean, some do, but they're relatively rare. On the other hand, men are basically little piglets, you drop them in the ditch, they roll around in it, doesn't matter, you know. These things are very real. On the other hand, if combat means being on an Aegis-class cruiser managing the computer controls for twelve ships and their rockets, a female may be again dramatically better than a male who gets very, very frustrated sitting in a chair all the time because males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.
Perhaps there really is no "war on women." Perhaps instead there is just enormous, massive ignorance on the part of those who we have elected to represent the interests of the population, and they have no idea of how 50% of the population even works, mechanically. Even the bare bone basics, like menstruation, fertilization, and STD transmission seems to be beyond the grasps of these individuals.
Rep. Todd Akin, star of the first quote, has apologized for his "legitimate rape" (what in the world is illegitimate rape?) comments, and stated that he "misspoke." But it doesn't seem to be a misstatement. His mistake seems to rest in saying out loud something that he genuinely believes to be true, and here's the scary thing; this individual was leading Claire McCaskill by 8 points in their race for Senate before he managed to put his foot in his mouth. He may eke out a win even still. Akin is also a member of the Science Committee in the House. In his role as a Representative, he has fashioned a "no true Scotsman" litmus test for rape and pregnancy. If you are raped, and don't get pregnant, you might have a shot of having a "legitimate rape." Luckily for you, you don't need an abortion. If, on the other hand, you were raped and got pregnant, you weren't raped, you were apparently just "raped", and unworthy of any further help, and you don't deserve to have an abortion. Problem solved! FWIW, according to an article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, "among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year." However, among a certain subset of politicians, the idea that women who are raped can't get pregnant seems to be accepted wisdom.
Why do we keep electing these people? These same people who seemingly have a "here be dragons" logo over women's private parts, have absolutely no idea how those parts are supposed function, and yet are so, so, so very eager to legislate exactly what women should do with them? I would like to think it's a function of age, that as we come up on generations who have had formal sex education, the level of stupidity will subside. But another, more pessimistic part of me believes that it's a closed circuit. Legislators who are opposed to sex education wind up with a populace who are ignorant, and have no idea how important sex education is, who then dutifully go out and vote for the guy who opposes sex education (who is also woefully ignorant). Rinse, lather, repeat. What can be realistically be done to break this cycle?