*Sigh* Really? Really?! Can’t a woman have a bit of peace and quiet and get a chance to write about something fun and fluffy? Here I was, after my epically long diatribe about the presidential debates, thinking I’d get a chance to do something nice and light. Maybe I’d tell a fun travel anecdote or give an update about my efforts on eating at home more and bringing my lunch to work as originally talked about in “A Penny From the Past.”
You know, day-to-day things that make me happy.
Then, some ASSHOLE named Richard Mourdock, who happens to be the Republican candidate in the running for one of Indiana’s US Senate seats, had to go and say that after “struggling with it himself” he’s come to “realize life is a gift from God and even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Woah. First off, how exactly did you “struggle with it yourself?” Have you been in a situation where rape was a legitimate concern? Have you had to alter your behavior or experience the natural fear that can occur while walking down a dark street? Please, do tell us how you can at all relate to how someone in this position might feel.
Frankly, I guess I shouldn’t be so flabbergasted that we are, once again, hearing of another GOP candidate talking about shit that they could have absolutely NO understanding about in order to justify their position against abortion.
Obviously, there are a number of things wrong with his statement that a pregnancy resulting from rape is God’s will. To begin, I don’t think it’s a good idea to act as if you’re channeling the word of God in a political debate. It’s especially concerning, as we are supposed to have a separation of church and state in this country and religious freedom (to choose whatever religion we want, or to be free FROM religion if we want.)
Secondly, saying that the pregnancy is an act of God is implying that the rape itself was an act of God. Otherwise, how would that pregnancy have occurred? Or, did God come during/ after the rape act and then put the baby into the poor, suffering woman. (As a sidenote, if he WAS there during the rape, why didn’t he help her?) Wait, didn’t you say that your God was compassionate? Hypocritical much? I digress.
I hope it’s apparent that by implying God sanctions rape, it would have serious implications to the overall safety of women’s health and well-being in this country. It’s the same logic that allows the Taliban to say “God decrees that little girls should be shot in the head for wanting an education.”
Isn’t it funny how the word of God and “His will” all happen to be exactly how the candidate feels and thinks? Man, they must really have a direct line! Maybe God can make their football team win the next game for them, too.
In a funny twist of fate, the only candidate that Mitt Romney happened to personally endorse this campaign season is Richard Mourdock and the television ad that he filmed started to air on Monday…just a day before these remarks were made.
Yes, Mitt Romney endorsed Mourdock and filmed a television ad prior to the remarks he made in the debate. Some people are saying that because it was before Richard said these things, it shouldn’t reflect back onto Romney.
However, when asked if he would rescind his support, or even take down the TV commercial, Mitt said no. Actions speak louder than words. If he says, “I don’t agree with what he says,” but then turns around with a wink and a nod and verbally confirms that he wants the TV ad to continue running and that he still endorses the candidate….then he is implicitly supporting Mourdock’s position!
I think we’re seeing the type of discourse that results when people start believing it’s their right to dictate what women do with their bodies. This is a dangerous and slippery slope.
First it’s banning abortion. Then it slides into smudging the lines of a woman’s value and proper place. Then it creates an atmosphere that opens the door for people to moderate and gloss over the horrors of rape.
I’m truly scared of the extreme discourse that is coming from GOP’s mouths these days. Not simply because it’s atrocious. It also has the unfortunate effect of moving the “center” of this conversation to the far right. Which, I feel, is the ultimate goal.
Think about it, after listening to this tripe, someone like Mitt Romney (who believes abortion should be illegal, but is willing to concede exceptions in cases of rape) seems downright reasonable!
This is a trap, people. It is the standard operating procedure of the GOP party to frame and re-frame the conversation until we start thinking the unreasonable sounds reasonable. If there is one major and persistent frustration I have with the Democratic party it is the fact that they STILL fall victim to this tactic. This isn’t a new strategy! It’s been around for a handful of elections! Yet, we still manage to fall for it everytime. (Can you say “entitlement programs,” anyone?)
One of the things that’s been bothering me about this election cycle is that while the Republicans are trying to encourage people to make their decisions based on “about the economy, not social issues,” they are SIMULTANEOUSLY saying some of the most backwards, offensive, and misogynistic remarks in our modern history. Oh, and let’s not forget also ramming draconian and extreme laws through state legislation.
Well, fuck that. I reject the bifurcation fallacy that says this is a choice between either the economy or social issues. Why can’t we have intelligent discourse on both? Yet, the Republicans insist that I should only be basing my vote on the economy and our national debt. I refuse to bend or apologize for the fact that I’m basing my vote to include social issues. If the GOP doesn’t want this election to be based on them, then they should stop legislating them.
And, another thing. As much as I wish I could have written about other things, I will not shut up about this stuff. We need more people speaking out against this type of extremism. We need to let these people know it is unacceptable. People who disagree with this barbaric way of thinking need to band together and remember we’re not in this alone. THEY are not the majority, regardless of how vocal they may be. There’s still hope, but we need to push back on this attitude together.
I’m not just talking about and referring to women, either. Men, who respect women, who have mothers and sisters and daughters that they see as equals, also need to be voicing their dissent to this backwards way of thinking! This is not just a feminism issue. This is a societal issue.
Above all, we need to VOTE THESE ASSHOLES OUT!