'Legitimate Rape' Compared to Infertility in the Absurd Controversy That Just Won’t Die

Say What!? 11

Rep. Phil GingreyWhat day is it? Are we still in 2013? Somebody please tell me I haven't transported back in time about six months because sweet Jesus another politician is actually talking about "legitimate rape" again. Darned if I can figure out why this thing just won't die, why anyone with a lick of sense would think it's a good idea to dig up that long dead embarrassment of a ludicrous comment. But Congressman Phil Gingrey from Georgia not only talked about it again at a GOP breakfast, he "partly" defended Akin's comment, which he said was "misconstrued" and actually makes some sense from a medical standpoint. Gingrey is a non-practicing OB/GYN.

Well allow me to see if I can help un-construe everybody here: STOP TALKING ABOUT LEGITIMATE RAPE!

Don't use the words "legitimate rape" together anymore in any context -- in fact, don't even use the words "legitimate" and "rape" together in the same sentence or even the same paragraph, just to be safe. Or any synonyms or metaphors or similes that might denote, connote, imply, intuit, or suggest even slightly that they belong together in the same universe. Haven't we beat this dead vampire horse to death a million times already here?

Now, if you care enough about Gingrey or this issue to dig deeper and want to read his "medical explanation" for why Akin's comments made some semblance of sense (seven previous words also do not belong together), which involves some wacky parallel to couples struggling with infertility, have at it and click here.

But let's be honest. It could be the most intelligent, scientifically grounded explanation in the world and it just doesn't matter. Gingrey lost this one before he even began, just by the mention of those two words.

So there's my little linguistics lesson for the day, and if you get a chance, please send this to that defense attorney in India who is trying to blame a gang rape on the victim:

"Until today I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady. Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect."

No words.

Did you read up on Gingrey's "explanation"? Reaction?


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