The criticisms of the recent absurd comments by Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin, who at this writing is his party's nominee to take on incumbent Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November in a contest he had been expected to win, have focused on his clearly erroneous understanding of the human female anatomy. In a now infamous statement, in which he used the bizarre and unheard-of phrase "legitimate rape," the congressman gave the impression that some rapes of women are not mentally or seriously resisted. This is an antediluvian and misogynistic myth for which there is no basis in fact and...
Rape is a horrible violation of a woman's body. I know there are cases where the woman, stopped physically resisting the attack as a means to survive. That is still rape. As far as the call for Akin to step down; if this were a Democrat, the media would be running to his defense saying that it was poor wording, but his "intended meaning" was just not understood. Akin will get no such defense from the media.
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