In My Opinion
Please Don’t Speak for My Uterus
Good news, ladies: Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin knows exactly how your uterus thinks and acts.
Just when politicians wanted us to believe that they were educated, impassioned and working in the interest of their constituents, Representative Todd Akin of Missouri happened. And then we are reminded of the ignorance and sheer stupidity of many politicians.
Most recently, Akin famously shared that he had the medical insight to know how a uterus responds to rape. And that a woman would not be become pregnant from “forcible” rape.
"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down" stated Akin during his interview.
The uterus has such extraordinary powers of detection??? Who knew????
The GOP candidate for Senate for Missouri adamantly opposes abortions and looks to outlaw the pro-choice decision with no exemption of rape and incest cases.
I’m not saying that’s what makes him an idiot (if you want to, I won’t stop you). But this does: You can have your political opinions, but when we begin to parse out rape, and starting using words like “legitimate”, to define “good victims” and “bad victims” it is utterly ridiculous and insulting to all women. It takes us decades back into time, a place most women don’t want to go. You can’t define away rape to make a pro-life platform work.
Not only did the comments riffle the feathers of women nationally, but even fellow party members are demanding the six-term congressmen to drop out of the political race. Sen. Mitt Romney is pleading that he steps down from his campaign, but Akin refuses to drop out. He hit the national and cable news media circuit trying to apologize but some things you just can’t move past with an I’m sorry.
It’s even sadder that Akin has sat on a House Science committee when he clearly doesn’t know science from science fiction.
Moreover, the fact that men think they can speak for women on such sensitive issues, is an arrogance like no other. It’s bad enough that men have co-opted our bodies, using them as sexual and marketing tools. In this country we are totally comfortable with seeing bulging breasts to sell chicken wings or beer, but when a woman attempts to breastfeed her baby, people become uncomfortable.
But now Akin wants to avoid the conversation of the horror and the trauma of rape or incest and speak only of what he believes to be the biology of the matter. This is disgusting. Akin’s time would be better spent in a human biology or sex education class, so he can educate himself and stop sounding like an imbecile.
Please do not speak for my uterus, Mr. Akin. You clearly know nothing about it.