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:
- Why are so many of them making these stupid rape remarks?
- 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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