If anyone can find a news channel, talk show, or radio call-in show that is not’ talking about Todd Akin and his verbal crash and burn this morning, I’ll eat my hat. I mean wow! This guy just didn’t trip over his words, he threw himself over the side of the Grand Canyon. And there are more theories about what he meant than there are lobbyists in Washington D.C.
Most seem to think he was referring to the oft mentioned “forcible” rape that among some on the Right is seen as the only legitimate’ form of rape. In other words, if a woman chooses not to fight her attacker, it implies consent. I know, I know, but you have to remember these folks were programmed under the “women who dress like whores, deserve to be raped” paradigm of thinking.
But I believe Akin’s thinking was even darker and reveals the true nature of conservatism. What Akin meant was that women in general, cannot be trusted to tell the truth about rape. And by his comment, Akin has opened a tiny window into the true heart of conservatism. And that heart is one that see’s women as less than human. Especially one’s that do unthinkable things like, think for them selves, demand equal rights, or demand dominion over their own bodies. In the true world of conservatives, the only good women are ones that dutifully support and obey their male’ husbands. Sure, they allow a few women to hold office, but it’s purely window dressing I assure you. My own US Congressional District’s Cathy McMorris Rodgers is a prime example. All you ever see her do is stand next to Boehner when he’s holding news conferences.
It goes all the way back to “Eve betrayed Adam” making women responsible for original sin. And the trap is that when you take the Judeo/Christian Bible literally as most conservatives do, you must believe this. That is why we are seeing so much anti-woman proposals coming from the Right. The farther to the Right the Republicans go, the more religious they get. And this has translated into more proposed legislation restricting the reproductive rights of women than anytime in history. And an even more blatant denial that women deserve equal pay for equal work.
I swear, how any woman, or man’ who truly cares about justice and equality can vote Republican is beyond me.