Like everyone else, we’ve been overwhelmed this week (to say the least) with the news of Rep. Todd Akin (Missouri) and his belief in the mAgIc *~uTeRuS.
- Eve Ensler wrote an open letter to Rep. Akin: Dear Mr. Akin, I Want You to Imagine…
- President Obama suggested that a certain “individual who sits on the House Committee on Science and Technology . . . somehow missed science class”.
- When Rush Limbaugh thinks you’ve crossed a line, you know you’ve really put your foot in your mouth sideways.
- ACOG, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, found it necessary to issue an official statement that Akin’s remarks about pregnancy and so-called “legitimate rape” are “medically inaccurate, offensive, and dangerous”.
- The Onion immediately took the liberty of writing the apology Rep. Akin should have delivered: I Misspoke—What I Meant To Say Is ‘I Am Dumb As Dog Shit And I Am A Terrible Human Being’.
- Maureen Herman, bass player for ’90s riot grrrl punk band, Babes in Toyland, and the mother of a nine-year-old girl who was a result of rape, also bravely responded to Akin in an appeal letter on Aisfor.org. “They say that Missouri is the ‘Show Me’ state”, Herman began the letter, “Well, Rep. Akin, I’d like you to meet my daughter”.
- At Women’s Health News, Rachel Walden explains that although certain Republicans are trying to spin it that way, Todd Akin is not an outlier.
- The Awl reports on Other Things Missouri Representative Todd Akin Believes To Be True About The Uterus, Besides Its Ability To “Shut Down” A Legitimate Rape.
- If you’ve had all you can take of this, read just one more: Erin Gloria Ryan on Rape Fatigue and You: When There’s Just No Anger Left.