An Oxymoron by a Moron



It’s seems to be an oxymoron by a moron. Former U.S. Representative Todd Akin just published his new book, “Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom,” where he says he’s not sorry about his “legitimate rape” comments two years ago.

“Taking my comments in order: When a woman claims to have been raped, the police determine if the evidence supports the legal definition of ‘rape.’ Is it a legitimate claim of rape or an excuse to avoid an unwanted pregnancy?” Akin states in his book.

So, what Akin seems to be saying is that sometimes us gals play the “rape card” so we can terminate a pregnancy. You know how fickle we women can be. And obviously, to Akin, we women are horrible, heartless liars who don’t think twice about ruining a man’s life with a false accusation.

Akin continues in his book: “My comment about a woman’s body shutting the pregnancy down was directed to the impact of stress on fertilization. This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss. Doubt me? Google ‘stress and infertility,’ and you will find a library of research on the subject.”


It seems Akin is saying that a woman can’t get pregnant if there was stress during sex, which surely explain his theory that women who are raped can’t get pregnant.

A 2012 article in The New Yorker states: “Writing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Dr. Felicia H. Stewart and Dr. James Trussell have estimated that there are twenty-five thousand rape-related pregnancies each year in the United States.”

Considering Akin’s “legitimate rape” oxymoron, does that mean those estimated 25,000 rapes every year are just normal behavior?

As a card-carrying feminist, I can’t understand men like Akin who believe what they believe having never walked a mile in a woman’s shoes – especially a woman who has been raped. I wish someone would explain to me how a man can go on and on about an experience he knows nothing about. It confounds me that Akin feels he has the right to talk about the subject at all.

And why it means so much for him to take back the apology he issued after he made those moronic comments back in 2012 is even more mystifying. What is he trying to prove? Is he trying to win back the Congressional seat he lost? How can he be in his right mind and defend this stance against women? There is nothing legitimate about rape. To rescind his apology for those woman-hating remarks is the act of an arrogant and desperate man.

I feel sorry for the women in his life. How can any woman respect – or even like a man who lacks compassion?

Let’s hope men who read his book don’t take Akin’s stance on rape seriously. He may be trying to make a political comeback by digging in his heels and spewing his misogynist opinions, but one things for certain, if someone talks like a moron, then, well… get the picture.


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