Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rape, As Defined for the Terminally Dense


I know that it's just one of the many things making the Facebook rounds right now, but if you haven't read this article, you really ought to click the link above and take a couple of minutes to familiarize yourself with the delightful Senator Winder and his downright gynophobic views of the world.  Particularly if you live in Idaho where you might be able to vote him out of office in the future.

I'm perfectly content to let other, more political blogs debate the issue of abortion as a whole.  Speaking for myself, I don't feel I have the slightest right to tell a woman about whom I know nothing what choices she should make in such a complicated and ultimately personal matter.  Truth be told, I don't know what I would do if I were a father faced with a vote in such a situation other than reassure my partner that it was ultimately her body and her final choice, but I do know beyond even the slightest shadow of a doubt that I have no right whatsoever to make such a decision for anyone else.  For the sake of the record, that's where I stand.

For me, the most striking quote in that article is this: "Winder, a Republican from Boise, responded to those concerns by raising the question of whether women understand when they have been raped" (emphasis mine).  Senator, I hear ya loud and clear: these stupid dames don't know a damned thing about what's rape and what's just another Friday night down at the watering hole, do they?  These uppity bitches just cry rape every time an upstanding young man wants to show 'em some appreciatin', am I right Senator?  What is this world coming to, anyway?

(For the sake of anybody with a limited enough intellect that they might have voted for this man, everything after "emphasis mine" in the last paragraph was sarcasm.  I'm pointing this out simply because I believe in a hand up, not a hand out, especially where the terminally dense are concerned.)

Senator, allow me to help you out a bit here.  The full definition of rape is a complicated thing, but let me see what I can do to dumb it down for you.  I think that most people with more than a neuron or two firing would agree that a simple definition of rape would be the intrusion of a penis where it has not been invited to visit.  For example, Senator, if one of your personal body cavities was so violated, that would be rape.  I guarantee that you, like the women whose perception you doubt, would know it the moment it happens.  That would also be the moment after which your life would never be the same as it was before.  It's a horrible fate, and I wouldn't wish it upon you or anyone else.  Certainly, it's not something that any sane human being would take lightly.

As terrible an ordeal as that would be for you, at least that would be the end of it from a physical (as opposed to psychological) standpoint.  Men are lucky (term used incredibly loosely) like that, in a gruesome sort of way.  What you insinuate, Senator, is that a woman should be encouraged (and let's face it, forced, if you had your way completely) to not only endure both the attack and its emotional carnage, but also to carry to term and then parent a child that results from the attack.  To live with the tangible, living, breathing result of that attack for the rest of her days.  To force a child into being that has absolutely no chance for a stable, happy life.

All of that said, Senator, I'll leave you with two simple questions.  I'd like you to really think about them for a few minutes when you're alone someplace where the public can't see and the special interest groups don't have your number.  Ready?  Here goes: are you serious about this?  And, if so, whom exactly are you trying to protect?

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