Rape victims should not be offended by the term “legitimate rape”
November 14, 2012 § 29 Comments
There is still an awful lot of calumny floating around against Todd Akin during the post election season of regret.
While I can certainly understand emotional fragility after the experience of a horrific crime, I think that victims of legitimate rape are making a big mistake in registering offense against the term. The modern phenomenon of labeling every drunken hookup that the woman later regrets “rape” is every bit as much a lie as the phenomenon of “she deserved it so it wasn’t rape”.
It makes no sense for legitimate rape victims to associate themselves with hooked-up-and-regretted-it-later drunken fornicators, at all. They ought to be angry at the people making the association, not at people clarifying the dissociation.
But even if we disagree about that, there is no excuse for people to pretend that Todd Akin said something he didn’t say.