People are up in arms this evening over something that vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said recently, when asked to comment on his fellow Republican Todd Akin’s statements concerning “legitimate rape”. (As you’ll recall, Akin, who is running for Senate, had said that “real” rapes don’t result in pregnancy, implying that women who claim to have become pregnant by rape were in fact complicit in the act.) Ryan didn’t, at least from what I heard, say that Akin’s comments were offensive, ridiculous and run contrary to everything we know about human physiology, but that’s not what people are upset about. (Ryan just said that Akin’s comments were bad for the party, and that he should bow out of the race.) No, people are upset that Ryan referred to rape as just another “method of conception.” He’s technically right, of course. Rape is a means of conception. But apparently people don’t like it when their vice presidential candidates appear, through poor word choice, to legitimize rape… making it sound as though rape is just one of many ways available to us men who want to have children. Personally, I respect Ryan in this instance, as he appears to be pretty straightforward on the issue, saying that he does not believe that the victims of rape should be able to terminate the resulting pregnancies. Regardless of whether he chooses to refer to rape as a “method of conception,” I think that should be enough to disqualify him in the eyes of every American woman, but what do I know? Apparently some women like being told that rape is a precious gift from God… Here’s the video. Let me know what you think.
Upon watching it again, it does sound as though Ryan is working for a marketing firm tasked with rebranding rape, and making it more palatable. When he describes rape as another form of conception, it kind of brings to mind the, “Pork- The other white meat” campaign. I can can picture the ads now… “Rape- The other form of conception”.
Or, here’s an even better idea. And I bet that we could make a lot of money money with it… What if we make “Conception Begins at Rape” bumper stickers, and sell them at the Republican National Convention tomorrow?
Or, I guess, it would actually be “Life Begins at Rape,” right?