One from the right, one from the left. Both from way out there.
Really, what the hell is wrong with these guys?
Right, Left, American, British, it doesn’t matter: when it comes to rape, misogyny is rife in politics.
I feel like I’ve gone back to school and been forced to attend sex education classes – with two very nasty male teachers at the blackboard. They seem to hate us girls, as if they were prudes who suspect we’re always asking for it.
Lesson number one was delivered by George Galloway, Britain’s bad boy of the Left. This was a sexual ethics class in which the founder of the Respect Party explained that Julian Assange may have had sex with a girl who was unconscious at the time but even if he did, it doesn’t matter: who needs consent in carnal relations, these days?
Then we had Todd Akin, professor of Misogyny 101. His lesson touched upon both morals and biology – and managed to be dodgy on both counts. Rape, he taught, came in two forms: legitimate, and non-legitimate. As for reproduction, he revealed a scientific fact that had eluded everyone until now: when a woman is raped, her body automatically blocks any chance of getting pregnant. But only when a woman is legitimately raped, you understand.
The lesson from both sides of the Atlantic, from both sides of the political divide, is clear: women cannot be trusted to tell the truth about sex. They say no when they mean yes. They indulge in sex then, filled with regret, rewrite their experience, blaming blameless men for their folly.
Galloway has gotten away with saying stupid things for a long time and still remains somewhat popular with far-left anti-American types in the UK. Akin’s stupidity, meanwhile, could have long-lasting repercussions on the GOP and this country and has virtually zero support. He needs to exit the race now.