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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