I’ll be candid here…
In my daily life, I cuss quite a bit. It’s a habit that I developed when I was very young, and haven’t quite been able to kick. I purposefully try to avoid using profanities in my writing, but I am definitely going to use one here, so… If you have virgin ears (or eyes, as the case may be) you might want to turn away now.
This is the quote that got Missouri Senate hopeful Todd Akin into so much trouble:
“It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said.
This isn’t just stupid; it is so far beyond fucking stupid that I can fully understand why Akin’s current opponent in the Senate race donated money to his primary campaign.
Okay, I am done cussing, and now I am going to flip the script…
If you have no desire to witness a contrived defense of Akin, skip down to the next bolded line..!
I am going to play devil’s advocate here and attempt to defend the indefensible.
It won’t be easy!
I mean, “legitimate rape”..? That doesn’t sound very easy to defend.
But we all know that some claims of rape are untrue, or even fabricated out of thin air. Have we already forgotten the Duke LaCrosse team and Crystal Gale Magnum? Have we forgotten about Tawana Brawley? More to the point, I know for a fact that some women have engaged in completely consensual sex, and then have later made the accusation that they were raped. What their motives may have been–revenge, money, or whatever–has no real bearing to the point I am trying to make here.
As for the next part of the sentence “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down”..?
All I can say, in this case, is that a woman who is being brutally assaulted physically and is terrified, in fear for her life..? Such a condition doesn’t sound very conductive to conception to me.
Some married couples are able to have children at the drop of a hat. I have always envied them, in a way, because when I was younger I always wanted to have a big family, even if families like the Duggars (of 19 Children and Counting fame) kind of freak me out a little. But some couples have an extreme amount of trouble trying to conceive even under the best of conditions, and any fertility doctor would say that there are conditions which are more conductive to conception, and conditions that are not.
That’s about the best defense I can come up with, and I am DONE defending Akin, because he really doesn’t deserve it, and I feel a little dirty. Anyone who skipped to this line would probably feel comfortable reading freely from here.
The truth is that there is a double-standard for us, as conservatives. It isn’t just because the media has a different standard for us than they have for the liberals that they almost universally support. It is because we hold ourselves to a higher standard, as well. We can not expect the double-standard in the media to ever go away if we abandon the standards we hold for ourselves.
It just doesn’t work like that.
As a conservative candidate for the Senate, Akin should have been well aware of this, and thus his gaffe just isn’t excusable, despite my attempted defense of him. He showed an astounding lack of sense in every aspect, and his selfishness in refusing to drop out of the Senate race may very well cause that seat to go to Democrat Claire McCaskill, whom I despise.
That’s really sad. I hate to see it.
But I would hate to see us abandon any sense of principle in favor of crass political concerns much, much more.
If we do that, we might as well just give up and join the DNC.