WBEZ | legitimate rape http://www.wbez.org/tags/legitimate-rape Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Rep. Todd Akin's ridiculous "legitimate rape" comments http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/rep-todd-akins-ridiculous-legitimate-rape-comments-101812 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/todd_akin_ap.jpg" title="(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file) Rep. Todd Akin, MO" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead story:</strong> In case you didn&rsquo;t hear, or if you did and needed to have a rage stroke again, Rep. Todd Akin, the GOP candidate for Senate in Missouri, <a href="http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/todd-akin-legitimate-rape.php">implied that most women</a> who are victims of &ldquo;legitimate rape&rdquo; don&rsquo;t get pregnant.</p><p>Setting aside for the moment Akin&rsquo;s use of the phrase &ldquo;legitimate rape,&rdquo; let&rsquo;s look at what he said and why he&rsquo;s wrong. In <a href="http://fox2now.com/2012/08/19/the-jaco-report-august-19-2012/#ooid=84cTVvNTqIw6Oot8JC0mYfPqHQAjRcwb">an interview KTVI-TV</a>, Akin, who is a 60-plus-year-old white man and reportedly has never been raped, pregnant, or even has a uterus, said, &ldquo;First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it&rsquo;s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.&rdquo; Just like his colleague <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/12/jon-stewart-rips-jon-kyl-planned-parenthood_n_847920.html">Arizona Senator Jon Kyl</a>, Akin fudged with numbers to misrepresent science and facts to further his agenda.</p><p>As <a href="http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/todd-akin-legitimate-rape.php">Talking Points Memo</a> points out, <a href="http://www.ajog.org/article/S0002-9378(96)70141-2/abstract">a 1996 study</a> revealed about five percent of rapes resulted in pregnancy. That <em>is </em>a small percent, but that doesn&rsquo;t take into account other scientific things like rapist&rsquo;s completion of the sexual act, the victim&rsquo;s use of birth control, the victim&rsquo;s fertility or ability to get pregnant, and a myriad of other factors. At least when Kyl lied he used numbers, no matter how made up they were; Akin just pulled this assertion out of thin air and doesn&rsquo;t even pretend to back it up with &ldquo;sources.&rdquo;</p><p>The point is, it <em>does</em> happen and, more importantly, women don&rsquo;t really have a choice in the matter.</p><p>Which brings us back to Akin&rsquo;s notion of &ldquo;legitimate rape.&rdquo; Him being a Republican, Akin was using this moment of <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-pn-missouri-rep-todd-akin-says-he-misspoke-on-rape-and-pregnancy-20120819,0,3932522.story">diarrhea of the mouth</a> as a means to say no one should have abortions ever. And he did it the old-fashioned way by undermining rape victims with his use of &ldquo;legitimate rape&rdquo; and implying if a woman gets pregnant because of rape, well, it&rsquo;s not really rape and it&rsquo;s her fault anyway.</p><p>Apparently, Akin thinks women possess a magical ability to point a wand at their womb and go, &ldquo;Expelliarmus!&rdquo; (Not surprisingly, Akin was a co-sponsor of the GOP House bill <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/01/republican-plan-redefine-rape-abortion">that wanted to redefine rape</a> as a means to limit abortion funding.) It&rsquo;s one thing to fudge numbers to support your cause but it&rsquo;s another thing altogether to be an old white guy trying to tell women what they can and can&rsquo;t do with their bodies and in the process make <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2010/04/26/icp_define_miracles.php">Insane Clown Posse</a> look like Nobel laureates. And the kicker? He&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/mo/missouri_senate_akin_vs_mccaskill-2079.html">leading in the polls</a>. Good night, America, it&rsquo;s been swell.</p><p><strong>Also: </strong>It was another violent weekend in Chicago as <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/14588101-418/6-dead-36-wounded-in-weekend-shootings.html">at least 36 people</a> were shot across the city over the weekend, killing <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-shootings-roundup-0820-20120820,0,3880376.story">at least six people</a>. The violent weekend followed a public debate in which <a href="http://gawker.com/5934608/chicagos-shootings-didnt-happen-in-a-movie-theater-but-its-still-the-worlds-deadliest-city">Gawker shed a national light</a> on the city&rsquo;s shootings. Not that everyone agreed with their perspective. <em>Chicago Magazine&rsquo;s</em> Whet Moser, one of the sharpest journalists in the city, <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/August-2012/Gawker-Glosses-Chicagos-Murder-Problem/">picked the Gawker story apart</a> and then revisited the oft-cited notion that Chicago is <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/August-2012/Chicago-More-Dangerous-Than-Kabul-Or-Not/">more violent than Kabul</a>. (For what it&rsquo;s worth, <em>Mother Jones</em> <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/08/no-chicago-not-more-dangerous-afghanistan">also tackled</a> this &ldquo;fact.&rdquo;) And Moser closed the week with this look at the way the CPD is now trying to tackle violence by <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/August-2012/Garry-McCarthy-Talks-I-Bond-and-the-CPDs-Own-New-Violence-Interruption/">refusing I-bonds</a> for gang members.</p><p><strong>And then: </strong>Sad news from Lombard where Bill Mueller, village president since 1993, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/lombard/ct-met-lombard-president-dies-20120819,0,5971672.story">died over the weekend</a> from complications stemming from the West Nile virus. Mueller was also suffering from blood cancer that weakened his immune system and made him susceptible to such diseases. <a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120818/news/708109607/">He&rsquo;s the second mayor</a> in DuPage county to die this year following <a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120417/news/704179666/">the April death</a> of West Chicago&rsquo;s Mike Kwasman.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>RIP: </strong>Singer and songwriter <a href="http://www.contactmusic.com/news/scott-mckenzie-dies_1396427">Scott McKenzie</a> who sung the popular 60&rsquo;s hippie anthem, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bch1_Ep5M1s">San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)&rdquo;</a> and, over 20 years later, co-wrote the Beach Boys hit &ldquo;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmG-cLf4adU">Kokomo</a>.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Elsewhere: </strong>Romney advisers confirmed the presumed GOP presidential candidate&rsquo;s campaign is <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/romney-advisers-confirm-it-were-running-a-just-trust-me-campaign/2012/08/17/6235b23e-e88d-11e1-936a-b801f1abab19_blog.html">adopting a &ldquo;Just Trust Me&rdquo; tagline</a> because they couldn&rsquo;t think of anything else that&rsquo;s both so perfectly ridiculous and condescending</p><p>The Tampa Police <a href="http://www2.tbo.com/news/republican-national-convention/2012/aug/18/3/tampa-police-arrest-16-in-prostitution-crackdown-b-ar-467988/">are ensuring</a> no one is going to have any fun at the RNC because if <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79865.html">the GOP parties when it&#39;s overseas</a>, goodness knows what Florida will do to them.</p><p>I am originally from Alabama and <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ala-man-fights-to-keep-wife-buried-in-front-yard-city-wants-remains-moved-to-cemetery/2012/08/19/4fa14ab6-ea13-11e1-866f-60a00f604425_story.html">the story of a man</a> fighting authorities over the right to bury his dead wife in his front yard in no way surprises me.</p><p>The story of San Francisco Giant star Melky Cabrera&rsquo;s steroid suspension <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/exclusive-daily-news-uncovers-bizarre-plot-melky-cabrera-fake-website-duck-drug-suspension-article-1.1139623#ixzz2400k9ftd">has taken a really bizarre turn.</a></p><p>A <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8779052">good reason</a> to not leave the keys in your fire truck.</p><p>Members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot <a href="http://stereogum.com/1129602/pussy-riot-putin-light-up-the-flames/mp3s/">recorded a new single</a> in response to the two-year sentence handed down to three of its members last week.</p><p>Guys, the Mars rover Curiosity <em><a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/mars-curiosity-rover-fires-first-laser">fires laser beams</a></em>!&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Looking ahead: </strong></p><ul><li>News broke late last night that film director Tony Scott <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2012/08/19/tony-scott-dead-suicide/">committed suicide</a> in Los Angeles yesterday, allegedly by&nbsp;<a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/08/tony-scott-death.html">jumping off a bridge.</a></li><li>The <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8779243">shooting death of Megan Boken</a> garnered headlines this weekend and the investigation continues to unfold.</li><li>Popular Logan Square restaurant Longman &amp; Eagle <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2012/08/19/longman_eagle_fails_restaurant_insp.php">failed a recent health inspection</a> but is quickly moving to get a clean check-up.</li><li>The jury is picked and opening statements in the Christopher Vaughn trial <a href="http://www.wgnradio.com/news/ct-met-christopher-vaughn-trial-0819-20120820,0,4970337.story">are slated to get underway</a>.</li><li>Police continue to <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/08/19/man-shot-by-cops-charged-after-refusing-to-drop-knife-following-loop-crash/">investigate a strange accident</a> in the Loop over the weekend wherein a man purposely crashed his car into another, tried to stab the driver of the other car, and then stabbed a security guard who responded to the crash.</li><li>The state&rsquo;s pension reform <a href="http://www.wbez.org/illinois-lawmakers-fail-approve-pension-overhaul-101803">continues</a> to be a hot mess and Gov. Quinn <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-says-hell-start-grassroots-campaign-pension-reform-101806">is trying everything</a>.</li><li>And <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120818/ISSUE01/308189980/burned-out-the-droughts-far-reaching-ripple-effect">the drought worsens</a>.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Sports: </strong>There <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4677230/bears-not-reading-too-much-into-preseason-games">were some hiccups</a> on Saturday but holy moly did the Bears&rsquo; offense look sharp on the first few drives in their victory over the Redskins &hellip; Chris Volstad, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-0820-cubs-reds-chicago--20120820,0,4019332.story">now 24 games without a win</a> but at least the Cubs have <a href="http://chicago.sbnation.com/2012/8/17/3250594/starlin-castro-contract-extension-chicago-cubs">re-upped Starlin Castro</a> &hellip; Kobe Bryant <a href="http://deadspin.com/5936088/heres-kobe-bryant-playing-electric-guitar-scoring-68-points-in-15-minutes">went to China</a> &hellip; The hottest sports team in Chicago is the Fire <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/fire/post/_/id/2520/fire-win-third-straight-contest">who have won three straight matches</a> &hellip; The White Sox <a href="http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_08_19_chamlb_kcamlb_1&amp;mode=recap&amp;c_id=cws">were swept by the Royals</a> over the weekend but thanks to two straight Tigers losses, they remain 1.5 games up on Detroit.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Finally: </strong>Olympic withdrawal still got you down? Enjoy the below video full of 8-bit fun (and check out more <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/celebrate-the-olympics-with-this-8bit-montage,83156/">here</a>). [via <em><a href="http://www.ohhaveyouseenthis.com/2012/08/more-8-bit-sports.html">Have You Seen This?</a></em>] &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p></div></div><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/47182418?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="600"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/rep-todd-akins-ridiculous-legitimate-rape-comments-101812