The GOP’s Horrific Problem With Women And Rape

state-sen-richard-dick-black1.jpg w=538&h=361In 2012, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal told the GOP to stop being the “stupid party.” Since that moment of clarity, we have waited. And waited. And waited. And…you get the idea. That cry for help did not seem to register with Republicans, especially when it came to us womenfolk. Late last year, GOP candidates were treated to a forum of sorts – all about how to talk to women. Or how not to talk to women. Either way, it failed miserably.

There is a very interesting man running for Congress in Virginia named Richard Black. Mr. Black, who is currently a senator, has all the prerequisites for being a great Republican candidate: He’s over 50, he’s white, he looks slightly trustworthy and he’s a flaming misogynist. OH NO you say, there’s that damn word again! No, not white, misogynist. Prove it, Erin, g’head and prove it. Okie dokie.

Dick has been in politics for a while, since 1998, when he was elected as a delegate to the Virginia house. Dick was voted out in 2005, but not before making a speech on the floor of the House that caused jaws to collectively drop all over the state. You see, Dick doesn’t believe there is any such thing as marital rape. From the video:

I do not know how on Earth you could validly get a conviction of a husband wife rape, when they’re living together, sleeping in the same bed, she’s in a nightie and so forth. There’s no injury, there’s no separation or anything.

I know, you’ve just face palmed yourself so hard, you’re bleeding. Take a minute, it’s alright. Deep breaths. Here we go.

Dick? Senator Dick? HEY ASSHOLE? Rape is rape. Whether you are raped by your husband or a total stranger, it’s rape. For the love of all that is holy, our president had to go on television and say, out loud, rape is rape. That’s the America we live in now. We live in a country where men who want to attain political power think rape is “meh.” Of course, if you get pregnant from rape, that’s a whole different story. It’s still not “rape,” because you have a vagina which you threw at your attacker, but YAY YOU, you’ve got that Gift from God and those four cells knocking together in your uterus are more important than everything. Even the possibility that violent, predatory behavior might be genetic, or the trauma of having to carry to term the issue of a sexual assault.

Of course, if you’re a Republican male politician, odds are you don’t think pregnancy from rape happens that often. Trent Franks certainly doesn’t think rape victims get pregnant nearly as often as we (scientists, doctors, rape crisis counselors, trauma nurses, SANE PEOPLE) know they do. Want a fun fact? The “research” these Republicans use was based on a “pro-life” doctor’s trumpeting of Nazi experiments. One problem. The Nazi experiments never occurred. So not only were Trent Franks and Todd Akin lying about women not getting pregnant from rape very often, they were even lying about how they came to that conclusion.

Republicans love to lie about rape. Hell, Jodie Laubenberg, a Republican representative from Texas, said in PUBLIC that a rape kit is the same thing as an abortion. She later clarified her statement by comparing a rape kit to a D&C. Still wrong, ma’am. And Senator Dick believes emergency contraception is “baby pesticide.” Is that made by Monsanto? Fetus Roundup?

I’m angry. Anyone, everyone should be angry. We have an entire political party that excels at blaming victims of sexual violence for their own assaults. Liz Trotta did it, and people cared for about five minutes, then the “meh” kicked in again. Women in the military should expect to be raped? Thanks, Liz. What were you wearing? Why were you in that neighborhood? Well, you went to his apartment, you joined the military, etc.

Survivors and our allies need to join together and defeat the “stupid party” this year, in 2016 – and beyond. Although, I’m not certain “stupid party” is the right phrase anymore. Perhaps we need to call the GOP what they really are. A party that consistently demeans and denigrates victims of sexual violence, blames said victims for our own attacks and uses language that might discourage women who are raped from having evidence collected? That seems like a party of predators to me. The GOP: Grand Old Predators. What do you think?

Erin Nanasi

Erin Nanasi is the creator of The Bachmann Diaries: Satirical Excerpts from Michele Bachmann's Fictional Diary. She hates writing about herself in the third person. Erin enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family. And wombats. Come visit Erin on on Facebook. She also can be found on Twitter at @WriterENanasi.


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  • strayaway

    Just because Juanita Broadrick and Elizabeth Ward accused Bill Clinton of raping them, Eileen Wellstone accused Bill of assaulting her, a 24 year old U of Arkansas student, Kathleen Wiley, and Sandra Allen Jones say Bill groped them, and Paula Corbin filed sexual assault charges against Bill for exposing himself and demanding oral sex doesn’t mean that Democrats have a horrific problem with women and rape. One rapist-in-chief does not mean all Democrats are rapists. Even adding more recent Democratic celebrities like Wiener and Spitzer, who didn’t use force, wouldn’t validate such a claim. But when a Republican says something stupid about theoretical rape it’s a bigger deal than women who accuse Clinton of actual rape.

    • tnlib

      Maybe because the ratio is about 100 to 2, 100 being the GOP. Also, Dems are a lot more likely to toss the culprits out – at least when the charges are real as opposed to being trumped up.

      • strayaway

        100 to 2? Democrats more likely to toss the culprits out? Can you document either claim? Hart, Spitzer, and Wiener did get tossed. Gingrich, Craig, and Foley did too. Each party has comeback kids too. Gov. Sanford had to leave office but was later elected into the House. Teddy Kennedy killed Mary Jo. That ruined his chance for the Presidency but he continued on as a Senate leader. Both parties also have a list of presidents who were said to be philanderers without consequence. I still like JFK anyway. Human nature being what it is, I would guess that the percentages are about the same for guys in either party. Republicans often seem to fall harder though because they more often link themselves to religions that teach otherwise. It’s easier to apply the hypocrite label to such people.

      • Matt Smallwood

        Being a philanderer is an entirely different argument. The implication is that it’s consensual sex between two people that aren’t married to each other. Exactly how does this affect a person’s ability to govern responsibly? I don’t think any politician ever became a worse leader because of marital infidelity. And you can’t tell me there aren’t a few conscientious politicians, Republican and Democrat both, who are having affairs right now and we just haven’t been found out about it. Like, Betty Eyer said, let’s separate people with poor judgment, the philanderers, from the people who would excuse and perhaps write laws about violent crimes that they think are non existent.

      • strayaway

        Not just a philanderer, a fondler and the accused rapist of at least two women. maybe all those women were liars. I don’t know I think that rape is rape inside or outside of marriage. I partly agree that consensual infidelity should not necessarily be held a against a politician in a voting booth although, in reality, such issues might bring up the issue of trust. I already mentioned that I still like JFK anyway and I’ll throw in Eisenhower whom historians claim had an affair with a woman in London while a general. He was still a good general. President Obama though has recently firing generals for less. They must not have been thinking ‘NSA’.

    • Leslie Todd

      I would vote for Bill Clinton again . Rape was not proven , it was Consensual Sex . I will be voting for Hillary if she runs .

      • Leslie Todd

        Consensual Sex for money actually .

      • strayaway

        It wasn’t consensual sex according to all those women who accused him of everything from unwanted fondling to rape. Maybe with Monica it was consensual although there was this superior/subject aspect to that relationship. You sound more like this Republican the article is about. Wives can be raped. = All sex with Bill Clinton is consensual because Bill Clinton says so. If Hillary has problems with that, she can bomb Serbia to feel better. Remember, Hilary was all upset about stories of Serbs raping at about the same time that she was pissed at Bill about Monica. Some thought bombing Serbia was a make up present for Lady McBeth. I realize that’s speculation. It took care of some rapists anyway. Serbia was surprised as it considered itself an ally and friend of the US. Ah, to go back to the days of bombing our allies.

      • Dave

        Like Nazi republicans and yes stray (dog) I just played the Nazi card and will continue to do so as long as there is one or all arrogant asshole Republicans in this country. You should be exterminated. Asshole.

      • strayaway

        Dave, You have a Nazi fixation, can use bad bad words, and even threaten people. Are you trying to be a poster boy for progressives?

      • Leslie Todd


      • strayaway

        Actually, at least two cried rape. As much as I don’t care for many of Obama’s policies, I haven’t noticed anyone claiming rape, groping, or other improprieties with regards to Obama. So how is it that Bill Clinton had such a problem? I guess what you are saying is that women can’t be trusted. They are all liars after money.

    • Betty Eyer

      What difference does this make to the topic? If Bill Clinton IS a rapist (there’s that innocent until proven problem going on for you), then does that somehow make it OK for ANYBODY to be making dumb and insulting comments about rape? When you were a kid and your mother caught you doing something wrong, did you say “the other kids are doing it”? Did it WORK? Or did your mother say something like “wrong is wrong”?

      • strayaway

        The topic that is that a Republican who made a stupid statement is a very bad man. The only point I set out to make was my observation that “when a Republican says something stupid about theoretical rape it’s a bigger deal than women who accuse Clinton of actual rape”. I noted that in the spirit of the oft repeated “it’s Bush’s fault”. You seem to be making the point that “why should be listen to women” which I disagree with.

      • Betty Eyer

        I said nothing of the sort. I said quite clearly that even if it were known that these accusations were true, it would still not excuse what these men are saying. Anything else is something you put there for your own agenda. Sorry, not playing your game.

  • Pipercat

    I commented on your piece at quietmike. As you can see, there are Bobs everywhere.

  • Pipercat

    … and the thread just got jacked.

  • Leslie Todd

    Lets give them two names , Party of Stupid and Party of Failed Ideology.

  • StormAZ

    I think it’s supremely appropriate this guy is named Dick.

  • Matt Smallwood

    I’m not going to lump every Republican into this boat. I am sure there are Republicans who believe that marital rape occurs. That being said, Dick is not one of them….I would go out of way to make sure this guy never held national elective office.

    • David Cutler

      There you go being reasonable again. Good on you.

  • FD Brian

    I’m not certain that this is a republican/democrat issue as much as it is a generational/men issue from how they are raised, how television, movies and media portray women as sexual objects to be possessed by men. It is truly disgusting to see women portrayed this way and to see a certain generation of women who like to be portrayed this way. We must teach our little boys to respect women and to value them and not objectify them.