Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra from MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” have been, surprisingly, one of the more controversial couples on the two shows. Catelynn was the only teen mom in the first season to carry her pregnancy to term and put the child up for adoption; the little girl, Carly, is now a toddler and the adoptive family is still in touch with the birth parents. Over the years, some people have wondered why Catelynn and Tyler are even on “Teen Mom” anymore, since she is not a day-to-day parent like the others on the show. Some have even suggested MTV might be exploitatively harming these two for keeping them on a show that’s sole focus is the child they gave up for adoption.
Catelynn and Tyler are in the news less now that younger casts of “Teen Mom” are in the limelight. To their credit, they haven’t had public battles with drug abuse, domestic violence and mental illness quite like Amber Portwood, another teen mom from the first season. They seem like basically good kids with solid heads on their shoulders; last year the two even got engaged and set a date for 2013.
But lately Catelynn’s been making headlines recently for another reason: she’s an anti-abortion extremist. Keep reading »
In September, a 16-year-old New York City youth named Cesar Lucas was arrested after he delivered a pizza for his father’s pizzeria. Cear took his order to a building on the Upper West Side, wandered around until he found an open apartment, and raped a sleeping woman as her child lay a child at her side. He entered her apartment at 12:30a.m. and sexually assaulted her until she woke up and threw him off her. Before leaving the apartment, he stole money from a purse as well. Lucas has been indicted on charges of burglary, endangering a child, sex abuse and rape. Now the New York Post has his two-page confession … and it’s pretty disturbing. Keep reading »
Earlier this autumn, we felt a coldness in the pits of our stomachs when we heard that a flier was discovered inside a dorm at Miami University in Ohio listing “10 ways to get away with rape.” It included items like “Sex with an unconscious body does count, so don’t back down if she’s sleeping” and “When you see a woman walking by herself take advantage of the fact that she is alone.”
Was it just the plot of some sick fuck? Was it some kind of meta-feminist commentary? Well, now we have an answer: it was written by a freshman boy at the school, who no longer attends Miami University. Yesterday, he plead guilty to a disorderly conduct charge, which carries a $100 fine. Keep reading »
Who’d've thunk?! Suggesting that pregnancy from rape is “God’s will,” that some rape is “legitimate” while other rape is not, and saying a woman’s body has “a way of shutting the whole thing down” so pregnancy does not occur from rape DOES NOT MAKE WOMEN WANT TO VOTE FOR YOU. Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin may have found two women — including one who was raped and had an abortion — to appear in a campaign ad proclaiming him the second coming of Gloria Steinem, but the rest of us ladies were not buying it. Keep reading »
Three months ago, Missouri’s Senate candidate Todd Akin said that “pregnancy from rape is really rare” and “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut the whole thing down.” Instead of dropping out of the race for some desperately-needed basic biology lessons, the Republican candidate pressed on with his campaign. Yesterday, he released a campaign ad starring two women, one whom was born in Russia and extols the freedoms of America and another who says she was raped and had an abortion. Keep reading »
Could the Republicans go three whole days without saying something terrible about rape and abortion, please? It’s like they can’t help themselves! A scant week after Indiana Republican nominee Richard Mourdock said that pregnancy from rape was “something that God intended to happen,” Washington State Republican representative John Koster added his incredibly stupid commentary into the mix.
Speaking to a fundraising group this past weekend, Koster said that he strongly opposed abortion in all cases, including rape. He went on to explain that abortion was actually worse than rape, an analogy he no doubt came to because both things occur to the murky ladyparts area on a woman’s body.
To whit: “But on the rape thing, it’s like, how does putting more violence onto a woman’s body and taking the life of an innocent child that’s a consequence of this crime, how does that make it better?” Koster said. Oh, but that’s not all. Koster then went on to say that he might make an exception in the case of the life of the mother. Keep reading »
Millionaires are sure throwing around their millions: Larry Flynt ran a full-page ad in today’s Indianapolis Star offering to put his money where Richard Mourdock’s mouth is. In exchange for any “verifiable transcript of your personal conversations with God,” including texts, letters, or emails, that say pregnancy from rape is something He “intended”, the Hustler publisher is offering $1 million. The tongue-in-cheek ad (less serious than his last plea to the GOP) also offers to deposit the cash in “any bank you designate in the United States, Cayman Islands, or Switzerland.” Read more…
It seems like every day another Republican politician is bloviating about the definition of rape as if he, a middle-aged man, is the true authority on the subject. As Tina Fey said so perfectly in her speech at the Center for Reproductive Rights, “If I have to listen to one more grey-faced man with a $2 haircut explain to me what rape is, I’m going to lose my mind.” I mean, we currently live in a culture where a chart is required to keep track of which male politicians claim rape cannot cause pregnancy and which ones believe it is simply part of God’s comprehensive plan to inflict devastating sexual violence on women and populate the earth with the fruits of their rapists’ loins.
Instead of patiently explaining to these men why they have no reason, no right, and no qualifications to mansplain these serious issues to me, I’m going to take a page from their playbook and blindly, confidently, and erroneously explain a few things to them. Because obviously, as a 27-year-old woman, I am an expert on the following things… Keep reading »