Pope Alexander, Borgia by bbkz.com
If rape were a flower it would not smell as sweet -- I know this statement is ridiculous and probably creepy and downright wrong...well.
I used to think that Glenn Beck was the only Conservative Republican that could absolutely turn serious discussions about philosophical, religious and social issues into ridiculous, banal, destructive, imbecilic, masturbatory exorcises of self-examination and revelation, however Todd Akin just won the booby prize.
This issue, is illustrative, click here once again, of where Republicans will take this country if given power and a mandate -- back, way back. Akin's statements on abortion are downright medieval.
I know Akin didn't mention amulets or herbs but he should have, it would have given more weight to his comments. Most folks know that a woman's body doesn't do something to prevent pregnancy during a "legitimate rape". Yet many of us may be convinced if the woman being raped were wearing an amulet or chewing willow bark and coriander seed. Amber was thought to be especially effective. However, I would imagine a medieval woman that wore an amber necklace was taking a big chance that she wasn't actually just advertising that she was safe to rape. It is not very much of a stretch, extrapolating on Akin's comments, to imagine potential rapists out there becoming emboldened when they realize that ""the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down."
Medieval churchmen were very much against contraception and abortion as are Conservatives and many Church People today. Many medieval churchmen were hypocrites and liars, enriching themselves and fathering children in spite of their oaths of poverty and celibacy. They also were big in the amulet, herb and pessary trade. After all, many of them, while not being rapists, were very sexually active. History has proven that if you give religious ideologically empowered men control of things, they will exploit them. I don't see a whole lot of difference between Mr. Akin and his medieval predecessors. He apparently sees women as objects for men to discuss and to control.
He is not alone. Pay close attention to how many Republicans/Conservatives talk about women and others that they feel superior to: minorities, the unemployed, non-Christians, the disabled and dispossessed -- the other.
The Republican Party is a morally corrupt institution. History shows that when powerful men choose to dictate morals to a society they will inevitably become drunk with these perceived powers. Mr. Akin is most definitely drunk on the wine of misogyny and control. How many other Conservative/Republicans have you heard speak in these same tones?
Ryan-Akin by newswhip.com
I have a daughter and I don't want these creepy, dangerous people in control of public policy or legislation that may affect her life and future.
The party of Reagan has become the party of Urban and the Borgias.