I draw the line, when I come across talk or rhetoric that is outright ignorant and disgusting, hence the topic for today.
Rape – To Be or Not To Be,….that is the question, or rather was it legitimate or ,…er,..not legitimate. No, I am a pretty ignorant to most state and federal laws. I know not to drive fast- go to jail or hurt somebody, or not to walk up to someone and slap the hell out of them, (even when I really want to at Friday’s design meetings) – instant assault charges- add handcuffs – jail time and stir rapidly.
These are the basics, and like many of you, I walk the ‘straight and narrow’, trying never to veering over into “Law-break Land”. With this being said, explain to me how “Legitimate” and “Rape”, two words that are completely opposite of each other, arrive in the same sentence a few days ago, out of the mouth of a hapless politician by the name of Todd Akins.
I am going to break this down further, with definitions,
1. The crime of forcing another person to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse.
tr.v. raped, rap·ing, rapes
ok class,..now lets learn about the word “legitimate”,….
1. Being in compliance with the law; lawful: a legitimate business.
2. Being in accordance with established or accepted patterns and standards: legitimate advertising practices.
7. Of or relating to drama of high professional quality that excludes burlesque, vaudeville, and some forms of musical comedy: the legitimate theater.
With that being clearly explained, how can one man bring two words that clearly NOT meant to be formed together, place them in a sentence, and let that sentence fall from his lips?
Much of this ill-informed debate was based around productive rights concerning women, with Akins legitimizing rape “if a child is conceived during the event”. Akins further explains that the female body, will during the act of this traumatic event, produces “defense hormones” that will kill the spermatozoa if the event was “traumatic”- Hence if the women was TRUELY raped , a child would be nearly impossible to conceive. Now I am just a lowly fashion designer, not a doctor or any of the like, but even I know that what Akins explained is so far from the truth, its laughable, if not for the subject that it represents. For 2 summers, here in New York, I volunteered at the police precinct 40, located in the bronx for the PAL organization. I witnessed, personally, several rape victims, and it was unsettling for me. The pain, the horror, the misery that accompanies rape is difficult to deal with, and thats AFTER the brutal act itself. I am neither Pro-life or the other Pro-something, I don’t have a vagina, so its NONE of my business. But instead of explaining away our legal system Mr Akins, lets talk instead talk about the psychological trauma that these in individuals go through, men and women. When you are raped, it destroys your basic system of trust concerning ANYBODY, you are never the same, ever, for the rest of your life. One may heal over the years, but the “hole” that is left, can never really be repaired. The very body you were born with, your ultimate possession in this existence, was used, taken away from you and there was NOTHING you could do about it. I continued my research online today and came across this tweet by Julia Segal, noted comedienne
Im sorry Ms Segal,……………………did I miss something? Last time I noted to self about “Law-break Land”, and socially acceptable humor, rape is not a “chuckle,chuckle,snort,snort” type of joke, in fact its NOT funny at all.
*Note to Self* Not ALL humans with vaginas are socially evolved concerning BASIC human/womans rights and will do ANYTHING to get notoriety.
Im sorry for my rant, but this just rubbed me the wrong way,…
You see, I am a male rape survivor…
MY pain, MY troubles, MY misery is NOT a platform for mindless politicians and or insensitive comedienne. It’s a struggle that I go through every day to remain happy and full of joy, and not sink back in the cesspool full of distrust,anger,malice, and hatred. Simply put,my experience is not fodder to further someones political or comical career.