Tuesday, August 21, 2012

When Politicians Talk Stupid about Rape, Heads Roll. When Rapists Rape --Not So Much...

It is hardly worth commenting on Todd Akin's strange statements. But it speaks to a bigger issue: Senator Brown, Mitt Romney and President Obama should have taken the opportunity to point out that a woman is raped every two minutes in the United States and three women die from domestic violence each day in this country...


As Wendy Murphy says,
"... Hoping to distance himself from the far right, Republican Senator Scott Brown spoke out against Akin's remarks.  Mitt Romney also criticized the guy, as did President Obama who declared at a press conference that, "Rape is rape” and that we shouldn’t be "parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about…" He's right.  We shouldn't.   But if he really believes that "rape is rape", why did he stay silent when Whoopi Goldberg announced on The View that it wasn't "rape rape" when Roman Polanski drugged and anally attacked a thirteen year-old child?  Why did he say nothing when his friend and ideological ally, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, described a convicted rapist as "thoughtful" after the guy violated an elderly woman for eight hours, tied a phone cord around her neck and left her for dead?  And why was Obama deafeningly silent about Kobe Bryant, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, etc.  Talk about qualifying and slicing!

 Before this mess gets spun into a referendum on the women's vote, it should be emphasized that politicians on both sides of the aisle have done nothing to stop the epidemic of violence against women.
 Instead of criticizing Todd Akin, Senator Brown, Mitt Romney and President Obama should have taken the opportunity to point out that a woman is raped every two minutes in the United States and three women die from domestic violence each day in this country.  Politicians who really give a damn should be demanding that we do more and should be campaigning on their plans to stop the violence..." From Patriot Ledger





Believing rape victims:
HERE and
 not believing HERE
 and
 the effects of rape HERE and HERE

False reports of rape? read this 



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