Todd Akin is Not Smarter than a Fifth Grader

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Romney Ryan Plan Birth ControlLegitimate rape. The first time I heard this phrase I had no idea what Todd Akin could have possibly meant. In fact, I thought I must have misread the quote. But after reading it again, and hearing about it all over the media, I had to find out what Todd Akin could have possibly meant by such a contradictory phrase. Did Akin mean to suggest that there is such a thing as a legitimate or  illegitimate rape?  Is the illegitimate rape the one where the woman said no but really meant yes?  

According to Akin, yes.  As I read the entire context of what Akin stated, I was disturbed. Akin is under the belief that a woman that is “legitimately” or really raped, will not get pregnant because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Hmm… really? Because in 5th grade health class, I learned that sexual intercourse can result in conception and therefore pregnancy. So why the discrepancy? 

In high school, college, in doctor's offices around the world, women are taught that you can get pregnant if you have unprotected sex.   Never once have I heard that my body could "shut that whole thing down" if I really did not want to have sex.  

Fortunately for all women, Akin is not teaching reproductive health to 5th graders.  His statement suggests he's not qualified to any how.  But what is scary is that Akin, like many other Republicans, seeks to have input in what a woman can or can't do with her own body.  Why should Akin, Republicans, or any public official have a  deciding opinion on a woman's options when it comes to her body and her reproductive health?  Backwards thinking public officials, whether Republicans or Democrats, have no business in the business of deciding the reproductive rights of a woman.    

Before we blame Akin for giving the Republican party a bad name, let's keep in mind that he is not alone when it comes to confusing science with science fiction. There are a few other Republicans that have attempted to use science fiction to support their ideology when it comes to women's reproductive rights. It wasn't too long ago when Republican Foster Friess stated that all women need to do to keep from getting pregnant is to put aspirin between their knees.  

Will Akin’s statements hurt the rest of the Republican party and ultimately the Romney/Ryan agenda? Maybe.  It can't help the Romney/Ryan team.  I think what Akin's statement does is further support the idea that there remains a fundamental issue with a political party deciding what a woman can or can't do with her body.  

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We wouldn't "get our panties in a twist" if we talked about something important LizzieBorden. This isn't news nor is it new. I'm loving that this is all you have to complain about. Something that's 2 weeks old AND something that ALL repubs washed their hands of. It's not like the racist comments Biden made and Obama and his team thought was perfectly fine. At least we can call a moron a moron. You guys act like Biden can say whatever he wants. Stupid frat boy! He's no better than this guy. There are idiots on both sides. At least we can admit to ours.

nonmember avatar B

Did anybody get that the aspirin between the knees thing was a joke? At risk of being condescending, the premise is that if your legs are closed enough to clasp an aspirin tablet, they are closed enough to prevent sexual intercourse...hate to ruin a joke by explaining it, but come on.

zandh... zandhmom2

What he said was stupid but the truth of the matter is how do we expect men to understand how women bodies work if women can't figure it out...YES intercourse CAN lead to pregnancy! It's 2012 and I'm really scared that women still have so many "accidently" pregnancies. REALLY???

wamom223 wamom223

Nadia I am so disappointed in you.  Instead of doing the right thing and writing your next blog condemning what was done to Mia Love, you rewrite this tired over covered blown out of proportion blog.  Your prejudice disgusts me.  I really really thought you would do the right thing for once and bring light to Mia Love's situation, but your too busy towing the party line.  So just when I want to give you the benefit of the doubt you prove me naive, thanks, I wont make the same mistake again.  I will also let my son know as long as he considers himself a Republican racism is okay.  

worms... wormspoop

Not trying to stick up for the dude, but if you read the bottom part of this article I found it kinda says the same thing. And what he meant by legitimate was that it was not a fabricated story, which does happen. I'm getting tired of hearing about this, he said something dumb, move on. It got blown into something else, other then what he was trying to say. Once again no I don't support him or like him.

Mary Cimino

These are from the same guys who are trying to outlaw porn. Just proves to me that Americans are idiots for voting these guys in. (Before you ask I'm part of the Evil Party! What better platform than taking over Castle Grayskull! Skeletor 2012!)

javak... javakitty2011

ok this is really getting on my nerves. His stupidity has nothing to do with being a republican but everything to do with him being a total idiot.

and YOU are not smarter than a fifth grader if you don't get what "aspirin between the knees" means. It' means don't have sex. Yeesh.


Torra... TorranceMom

Nadia, you can't be serious about the aspirin between the knees thing, right? It was a joke! Keep your legs closed and you won't get pregnant!

flood... flood1971

Come on! Take a step back! Who cares what party this guy is from? These are the kind of people that make decisions about our bodies. They don't even know how said bodies work. That's what should make us outraged, the stupidity and its impact on our lifes! GOP or Democrat, we are in danger of NOT being heard at all! Why can't we women come together on this? That's what's really outrageous. We women hate on each other. No wonder men do the same. Why would they?

nonmember avatar LizzieBorden

I think the issue with the aspirin between the knees comment was that it was condescending and untruthful; there is an abundance of way to prevent pregnancy aside from abstinence. But I'm glad you get to feel smart for a moment by explaining a "keep your legs closed" joke.

And JAFE, you're a hypocrite. Complaining on the article that this is "old news" but being excited to read about the same thing a day later because you agree with the article. And I love how you bring Biden into this every time, I never mentioned Biden or any support for him. Keep ramming your head into the Biden wall, maybe it'll improve your thought process.

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