Women can be CEOs, physicians, attorneys, novelists, economists, firefighters, cops, rocket scientists, or politicians. But it's election season in America, and to most of the media, male politicians, and even some women, females are just a bunch of walking uteruses. The controversy over Akin's comments has sparked debate amongst Republican women and others, at the cost of other important issues.
My first reaction to Missouri senate candidate Todd Akin's comments about "legitimate rape" and women being able to "shut down" a pregnancy after rape was, "This man can't serve in public office."
My reason? Insufficient comprehension of basic facts, aka "too dumb to serve." Only one Republican pundit so far, Charles Krauthammer, has expressed a similar sentiment.
The majority of prominent conservatives bothmale and female, from staunch conservative Catholic Sean Hannity to RNC chairman Reince Priebus, have demanded that Akin step down, primarily because he'll be costing the party what had been a near-certain Senate seat. For their part, Democrats want Akin to stay in the race. It turns out that opponent Claire McCaskill and the Democrat National Campaign Committee provided more funding for ads on Akin's behalf during the Missouri primary than Akin's own campaign.
Fiery conservative women like Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter quickly called for Akin to step down. GOP women in positions of party leadership have expressed outrage over Akin's bizarre pregnancy and rape theories.
But not all conservative women have been outraged. The Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life version of EMILY's List, supports Akin. Attorney Rebecca Kiessling, a prominent pro-life advocate, is on this planet because her mother was raped, and chose to continue the pregnancy. Kiessling also supports Todd Akin and has given suggestions as to how pro-life advocates can properly express the concepts that she believes Akin was trying to articulate..
After Akin's ludicrous commentary (which has its roots in theories espoused by anti-abortion doctor John C. Willke), a few conservatives mentioned the double standard once again — pointing out, probably correctly, that if Vice President Joe Biden had made similar comments, he'd be silly "old Uncle Joe."
Many vehement pro-abortion advocates are shrieking their slap-worthy lines about the "violence" of "forcing" a woman to have an unwanted baby. (Every time I hear some woman screaming about what I should think or do, I feel like slapping her.) They have every right to object to being put in that position themselves, but it's a big assumption to make that every woman would agree — Rebecca Kiessling's mother didn't. And that was her choice.
What's my position? I find it dehumanizing that while the United States is facing a potential nuclear conflict in the Middle East, the economy is barely functioning, a whole generation of young people is waiting to start careers and families, the federal government is borrowing 40 cents of every dollar it spends, and shows zero ability to control even one penny of spending, pundits think that the most important issue is that I'm a walking uterus coming to the end of my Wonder Clock.
People have been dealing with the results of heterosexual sex since time began. Maybe it's time we all decided to get our noses out of our neighbor's uterus.