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An excerpt from an interview with Paul Ryan in Pittsburgh by KDKA TV:
“You sponsored legislation that has the language ‘forcible rape,’” Delano noted. “What is forcible rape as opposed…”
“Rape is rape,” Ryan interrupted. “Rape is rape, period. End of story.”
“So that forcible rape language meant nothing to you at the time?” Delano asked.
“Rape is rape and there’s no splitting hairs over rape,” Ryan said.
Though Paul Ryan is currently trying to shut down discussion on his previous stance of abortion by saying you don’t split hairs on rape and “rape is rape.” Paul Ryan and Ted Akin did just that as they both sponsored a bill that tried to redefine the threshold for abortion as “forced rape” instead of just “rape.”
“Forced Rape?” As opposed to “unforced rape?”
Which, at least, according to the social propaganda machine knows as Webster’s Dictionary, “Rape” is “the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will” or “Sexual connection with a woman without her consent.”
So Paul Ryan and Ted Akin, if it’s not forced Rape, it must be willing rape? That’s the messaging time bomb in Ryan and Akin’s abortion bill definition. The insinuation that other forms of “rape” aren’t real. Or as Akin called it in his now infamous interview “illegitimate.” The message is clear: short of a gun, a lot of women are really asking for it. Apparently asking for it is if you didn’t do EVERYTHING possible to stop it.
I say, if’ that’s the standard for the crime of Rape, let’s apply that to other crimes. Like changing mugging to “Forced mugging.” I propose legislation that if a robber only took your wallet from you by threat rather than with a gun, you weren’t really robbed. No police report needed. Or walk it off…crybaby.
Though Paul wants you to forget he said anything and Akin is blaming his choice of words, like the Sandra Fluke where Rush Limbaugh tied being a “slut” and sexual morality to using birth control, conservatives seem to be politically blind to the bigger message that keeps coming out of these contraceptive issue flare ups. Problems that aren’t a “poor choice of words.” It’s the message they keep saying that sexual matters, decisions and consequences, no matter how they came about, are somehow a woman’s fault.
Any men, who are married or have a serious relationship, know how women LOVE it when you blame them for things.
With the Republican National Convention days away, Republicans want this to go away fast. But this year, harsh rhetoric and scary a slew of legislation attempts at controlling women in the doctor’s office has happened too many times this year alone. It won’t be forgotten. I’m not talking about being remembered by members of NOW or hardcore feminists. I’m talking about suburban women who might vote for Romney under normal circumstances or for economic reasons. Many of those women will remember these “War of Women” issues and legislators and pundits who believe in magical sperm defenses, as the Trojan horse in electing Mitt Romney. So in about a week or two we won’t be talking about it. But those women will always be thinking about it. And there’s likely been too much to bring them back.