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Why So Many Republican Remarks About Rape? Here's a Theory

By October 26, 2012

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The first one made us gasp. Now they're uttered so frequently that mocking them has become a staple of political humor in this election year. It's gotten to the point that Stephen Colbert has taken to maintaining a white board with the heading, "Days Without a GOP Rape Mention." Just the other day he had to set it back to zero thanks to Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock.

Republican candidates and their ignorant opinions on rape. Kinda makes you laugh, doesn't it?

Not me. Not at all.

Thankfully, these men are in the minority and their peers are backing away from their comments, although Mitt Romney earlier endorsed Mourdock and even did an ad for him. (Romney has since disavowed Mourdock's statement on rape.)

But you have to wonder at least one of two things:

  1. Why are so many of them making these stupid rape remarks?
  2. Aren't these guys married? And what woman would marry a man who thinks this way?

I've been pondering this issue for quite a while, ever since Todd Akin opened his mouth and inserted his foot. (And that is quite a thing, really...to step in it while choking on your own foot. Too bad nobody learned from him but instead followed his lead.)

Here's what I came up with: the elements that created this perfect storm of ignorance and insensitivity have to do with the "proper place" for women in society, traditional family values, patriarchy and rape myths.

I've not only developed a theory as to why some Republican candidates say dumb things about rape and pregnancy that results from rape; I believe it has something to do with the women they married. There are too many coincidences for it to be purely random.  Links below.

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Comments

October 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm
(1) Brian says:

The fact that Rep. Richard Mourdock believes that all raped women should be legally required to carry their rapists babies because they are “Gifts from God” is horrifying but the fact that Mitt Romney is publicly and officially endorsing him is dangerous for every single American citizen.

October 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm
(2) WindReader says:

1) these men (and the women who support them) have no clue what rape is, how it impacts the women (and men) who are victims and how sadly frequently it occurs
2) these men (and the women who support them) completely distance themselves from rape, assigning it to outliers of society because they do not want to take responsibility for the ways that our culture supports sexual violence
3) these men (and the women who support them) think that most incidents of rape are really just “bad sex” or “morning after regrets” as opposed to coercive, manipulative and violent acts that rape actually is
4) these men (and the women who support them) are convinced that ‘legitimate rape’ would never happen to them or any of the virtuous women with whom they associate
do I need to continue? the list can go on for some time….

October 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm
(3) Marcy says:

You have to be capable of empathy to realize why their remarks and positions are so very wrong. Let’s say that a woman does bear a child who was conceived by rape. Let’s say the child looks nothing like her or her family, for any reason – ethnicity, race, body size/type. Even if she can get over the child’s “other half” how does she feel every time someone remarks on it? OK, so instead she gives the child up for adoption. What does she tell the agency about the father? What does the agency tell the prospective parents? “What is the father’s genetic background?” “Um… we don’t really know, he was never caught.” How does the child feel about his/her own existence when they are old enough to begin asking?
But back to the fact that these politicians lack empathy. It was obvious in Romney’s remarks to his monied donors about the “47%” and so many other remarks he makes that he is one of the empathy-bereft. To have people like this in public service is a mockery of their offices and scares the poop out of me!

October 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm
(4) Dawn haag says:

I listen to the liberal opinion news and they are rallying the forces around these “no exceptions for rape” comments that are being repeated again and again from the conservatives. Wake up women. It is beginning to look like this is their agenda. Keep attacking on “no exceptions for rape”. And we keep responding with outrage. And then at sometime the conservatives will say OK, we get it, we will allow the exceptions for “life of the mother” and “rape”. And the liberals will say yes, that is humane to those poor women. And in the meantime they will take away our “right to choose”. They will get women to fight for allowing abortions in certain instances and steer us to agree to outlaw women’s choice. Our Right To Choose is being eroded.

October 30, 2012 at 12:07 am
(5) StarLady says:

Who are the wives of these ignorant men?

I don’t know, but maybe these women subscribe to Camille Paglia’s blog.

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