We have an epidemic in the US. I’m not talking about measles or the flu. What we have is a bunch of old men in our government telling women, “Buck up; being raped isn’t that bad.”
Well, maybe they aren’t saying that in so many words, but the implication remains when someone says something like “Obviously rape is awful. What is beautiful is the child that could come from this.”
Yes, that’s a real thing that a real person said. Delegate Brian Kurcaba from West Virginia recently mounted a defense for rape during a committee meeting discussing a statewide abortion ban. This committee decided for women that rape and incest aren’t good enough reasons to exempt them from a 20-week abortion ban.
This comes only two days after a Utah State Rep. Brian Greene said,
“If an individual has sex with their wife while she is unconscious … a prosecutor could then charge that spouse with rape, theoretically. That makes sense in a first date scenario, but to me, not where people have a history of years of sexual activity.“
And we’re only two weeks removed from Lindsey Graham’s plea for “help to find a way out of this definitional problem with rape” because “need to find a way definitionally to not get us into a spot where we’re debating what legitimate is. That’s not the cause. We’re not here debating legitimate rape. We’re talking about saving babies at 20 weeks.”
Yeah. It’s all about how they can find a way around the rape exemption because fuck the victims, right? Then again, the right loves fucking vulnerable people, so it should come as no surprise that they’re debating now whether they need to debate later just what rape is.
I’m reminded of how anti-vaxxers downplay the severity of measles infections. “Sure, my child is really sick, but she’ll have lifetime immunity!” is no different than “Sure, rape is awful, but now you get to have a baby!” The point being that all women just want to have like a million babies, stay at home, and not interfere with what the men are doing because someone who can never be pregnant, who doesn’t know the definition of rape or how the female body even works (I’m looking at you, Todd Akin) is the perfect choice for discussing and deciding how women should be allowed to use their vaginas.
Fellow penis owners, I’d like to make a request of you. Stop. Just stop. Every time you try to put a positive spin on rape, you further alienate women and victimize rape survivors. When you take it upon yourselves to decide that a woman’s body is now a vessel for a future constituent (and we all know that’s the plan), you’re making sure that her rape experience is continued far beyond the rape itself. Sexual assault doesn’t have a silver lining. Stop trying to find one, you bastards
Some days, I’m so thankful for my Y-chromosome. I don’t know how women put up with the constant attacks on their humanity.