Such nonsense has been spouted over the past couple of weeks about rape and its consequences that I have actually had to wait until I have semi calmed down before posting. Firs we have Tod Akin, who seems to have doomed his political career with this particular interview.
The problem was the phrase "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
"Legitimate" rape? I will get back to the level of doubt that seems to persist in some peoples minds over what rape actually is and get onto the next bit. The "female body" has no ability to detect whether consent has been given for any sexual act and no ability to prevent pregnancy. In fact, the whole of the female reproductive system is geared to ensure pregnancy occurs at the highest frequency possible. There is no excuse for the apparent the lack of basic education into human reproduction. That any American male could have such a poor understanding of biology is appalling, let alone an individual contending to be a senator. Not only that, but this individual then has the audacity to work towards legislation that limits a woman's choice about her own body and whether she can have an abortion or not. The Renegade Raging Grannies put it quite well :)
In addition to all of the Tod Akin debate (he apologised and claimed he "used the wrong words"), there were other gems from public officials. The President of Ecuador defended Julian Assange against his rape allegations by making the claim that a man who share a bed with a woman cannot be accused of rape (news article link). Yet again, a woman's right to determine what happens to her body is undermined.
Individuals get to make decisions about their bodies, NO ONE ELSE. Whether we are talking about consensual sexual relationships, body modification, medical procedures, euthanasia etc., the person whose body is under discussion gets to make the decision. I think there may be some flexibility only if the individual is not mentally capable of making that decision, and where that line is drawn is another issue. But aside from that, our bodies are our own. Each of us gets to choose what we do with them, who may touch them and when. Politicians do not get that choice. Sexual partners do not get that choice (unless we have consented to it). Religious leaders do not get that choice. It is ours to make. NO ONE HAS MORE RIGHT TO OUR BODIES THAN WE DO. To all of those wanting to take these choices from us..... FUCK OFF.
Excellent article about the erosion of women's rights to choice over their own bodies and reproductive health in the USA. I should point out that a couple of the facts in the article seem to involve a bit of selective cherry picking (I think the first point about the legislation requiring a foetus to be carried to term even when still born stands, but allowances are made when the health of the pregnant mother might be severely impaired) so look into each of the points for yourselves. However, the points are valid with regard to choosing what happens to our bodies.
Since when does the fact I have a uterus and am capable of reproduction affect my rights? Apparently, as soon as I want to control whether I have children or not or if I actually become pregnant. It is horrifying that these type of bills are even under debate in the US. Women have as much right to bodily integrity as men. Should it be necessary to have to point this out?
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!