A lot of politicians said a lot of really ignorant, offensive things about rape this year. But before you put the whole “war on women” 2012 campaign season out of your mind forever, take a minute to reflect. Now that 2012 is coming to an end, and most of these idiots lost their reelection bids, we can laugh at the absurdity.
In no particular order, here are the best — in that they’re the absolute, most nauseating worst — comments about rape made by politicians in 2012:
1) Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO):
Akin — who lost reelection, thankfully — got a lot of attention with his complete lack of understanding of basic human biology. “If it’s a legitimate rape,” he said, “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Yes, Todd. We women all have magical rape-sperm fighting clean up crews in our uteruses to “shut that whole thing down.”
2) Sen. Chuck Winder (R-Idaho):
Winder's problem with allowing abortions in cases of rape is that women are a bunch of stinking liars who will say whatever they have to to get well-meaning doctors to help them murder babies. “I would hope that when a woman goes into a physician, with a rape issue,” he said in March, “that that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage, or was it truly caused by a rape."
Use of the phrase “a rape issue,” like carrying a rapist's child is like having athlete’s foot, should have raised a red flag on its own.
3) Rick Santorum (R):
Way back in January, presidential hopeful Santorum said that pregnancy through rape is a gift from God. "I believe and I think that the right approach is to accept this horribly created, in the sense of rape, but nevertheless, in a very broken way, a gift of human life, and accept what God is giving to you."
Obviously he didn't win the nomination, and hopefully will never be heard from again.
4) Paul Ryan (R - Wisc.):
Ryan, who actually could have been second in line to run this country, shared sentiments similar to Santorum’s, calling rape just another “method of conception.”
So remember, ladies, if invitro fertilization doesn't work, try getting raped!
Thankfully he and Mittens lost the presidential bid.
5) Rep. Tom Smith (R - PA):
Smith compared rape to premarital sex. In an interview he said he can understand the struggle of women who get pregnant from rape, because his daughter got pregnant without getting married first. Because that’s exactly the same. Totally. Makes sense.
Somehow, this moron managed to get elected to the Pennsylvania Senate.
6) Rep. Roger Rivard (R - Wisc.):
Rivard showed his frat boy roots when he said in an interview, “some girls, they rape so easy.” I mean I guess that makes it OK, right? If it was easy?
Rivard was trying to make a point about women “crying rape” when they actually had consensual sex, which is offensive on its own when you consider how many legitimate complaints are brushed off because of assumptions that the victim was just having regrets. But his choice of words revealed just how lightly he takes the whole subject. Luckily, Rivard was one of many GOP representatives who lost reelection, and whose loss was largely attributed to foot-in-mouth rape comments.