(trigger warning for discussing rape and pregnancy.)
I’m sure a lot of people have seen the remarks made by Rep. Todd Akin (he’s currently running for a spot in the senate). If you haven’t, here they are:
First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
I’m not sure which is more disturbing:
(a) the specifying of legitimate rape (which implies there is an important subset of rape called “illegitimate” or “women lying about being raped”)
or (b) the fact that this legislator–someone who participates in making laws about things like reproductive and sexual health–was walking around with a completely misguided and wrongheaded set of beliefs about human biology that probably could have been cleared up if he had taken / stayed awake in a sex ed or anatomy class.