Posts tagged "todd akin"

Conservative Writer Compares Ashley Judd To Todd Akin

Ashley Judd was compared to Todd Akin by conservative writer for The Daily Caller, Alex Pappas. Seriously? Ashley Judd's name has been floated around as possible Democratic candidate to run Senator Mitch McConnell in Kentucky in 2014. But haters have already come out swinging, with a writer for conservative blog The Daily Caller comparing the…

By: Sarah Gray / February 27, 2013

New Sensitivity Training Helps GOP Understand That Rape = Bad

It's been an abysmal few months for women, thanks to the many, many members of the Republican party insisting on allowing comments about rape to pour out of their faceholes. Every other day during election season, there'd be some guy from Missouri or Indiana or Pennsylvania (that's Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and Rick Santorum, to…

By: Julie Gerstein / January 16, 2013

It Turns Out Declaring War On Women Is Not Such A Successful Election Strategy

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 Aki…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 7, 2012

Meet All The Pro-Choice Women Victorious In Last Night’s Election!

Oh my God, you guys. I didn't realize just how BIG us pro-choice feminists won last night's election until compiling this list. It's not just that we have more four years of President Obama — we also have our first openly gay person to serve in the Senate, the first Asian-American women in both the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 7, 2012

Todd Akin Political Ad Features Woman Who Was Raped & Had Abortion

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,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 2, 2012

7 Things I Am Qualified To Explain To Middle-Aged Republican Men

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…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 30, 2012

Tina Fey Takes On “Legitimate” Rape

Tina Fey was a keynote speaker at the inaugural gala for the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she took on the squicky, cringe-worthy topic of "legitimate" rape. Because Tina Fey is hilarious and smart and amazing, she has the perfect analogy for Todd Akin's rape-y words. [YouTube]…

By: Julie Gerstein / October 26, 2012

A Handy Guide To What These Various Old Conservative White Politicians Have Said About Rape

I don't know about you, but I have such a hard time remembering which conservative politician said what ridiculously offensive thing about rape. They're all old and white and most of them are in some state of partial baldness. They all look the same! And they all sound basically the same too, given that woman-hating…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 25, 2012

Todd Akin In ’08: Docs Give Abortions To Women Who Aren’t Pregnant

It's getting to be quite the week for years-old videos to come back and bite candidates, and the latest victim is one Todd Akin, the would-be junior Missouri senator of "legitimate rape" fame. Seems Akin gave a speech in 2008, in which he compares abortion to slavery and calls abortion providers "terrorists." He then goes on to describe the "bottom-of-the-food-chai…

By: Newser / October 3, 2012

Todd Akin Makes Dumb Comments About Equal Pay: “It’s About Freedom”

Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican's gift that keeps on giving, has now bungled comments about equal pay and why he voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. (You can read my 2010 interview with Ledbetter here to learn more about it.) Akin was asked by an audience member — a man, actually! — at a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 1, 2012

Guess Who Was Once Arrested For Blocking An Abortion Clinic Entrance?

This guessing game isn't too hard: GOP pain-in-the-neck Rep. Todd Akin, of course. Akin has admitted he was once arrested for blocking an abortion clinic entrance. Aw, come on, guys! He just wanted to first make sure those women were "legitimately raped"! [Feminist.org] Women speak 25 percent less than their male counterparts in meetings when wome…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 28, 2012

Rep. Todd Akin’s Wife Makes Another No-No Comment About Rape

Idea: anytime a religious conservative Republican wants to use the word "rape" in public, he or she should run it through a publicist first. The wife of Rep. Todd Akin, the politician who last month questioned whether rape is "legitimate rape" and claimed women's bodies reject sperm during a sexual assault to keep them from…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 18, 2012

Legitimate Rape: “Like Birth Control, Except As Imagined By Crazy People”

This parody video brilliantly eviscerates Todd Akin, Paul Ryan, and their 171 fellow politicians who sought to redefine the legal definition of rape and mocks Akin's assertion that women can't get pregnant from "legitimate rape." Be warned, there is simulated violence, sexual and otherwise. [YouTube]…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 30, 2012

Lifetime Movies For Republicans Who Don’t Understand Rape

Republicans are airing sexual ignorances this week. Representative Steve King of Iowa has "never heard of" statutory rape causing pregnancy; Senate nominee Tom Smith thinks "having a baby out of wedlock" is "similar to" rape;  and, of course, there's Todd Akin. Have these guys never watched "Law & Order: SVU" or browsed movie listings on Lifetime? Rape narratives are a primetime TV…

By: NYMag.com / August 28, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Even Ann Coulter Thinks Rep. Todd Akin Should STFU

Jessica has the day off, so Today's Lady News is an abbreviated version. She'll be back tomorrow! Ann Coulter was not happy with Todd Akin’s comments this week, calling him a “selfish swide.” [Huffington Post] A study suggests that menopause in humans evolved to decrease the competition between generations of reproducing women in one family.

By: Daley Quinn / August 23, 2012

Find Out If You Were “Legitimately” Raped With This Helpful Song

God bless singer Taylor Ferrera!  This song, "Legitimate Rape," is so kickass: "I was a little drunk / illegitimate rape! / I know the rapist well / illegitimate rape! / my skirt was kinda short / illegitimate rape! / I'm married to the man / that's a husband's privilege." Amazing.  [YouTube] Blogger Amanda Marcotte o…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 22, 2012

Rep. Steve King Says He’s Never Heard Of A Girl Getting Pregnant From Rape Or Incest

Today in our regularly scheduled segment "Old White Male Politicians Revealing Themselves To Be Ignorant About Reproductive Rights": Rep. Steve King (R-IA), when asked about a minor being impregnated from statutory rape or incest, told a reporter: "Well, I just haven't heard of that being a circumstance that's been brought to me in any personal…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 21, 2012

Kirk Cameron Defends Rep. Todd Akin On “The Today Show,” Obviously

I am not even the teensiest bit surprised that Kirk Cameron, star of "Growing Pains" and well-known anti-choice/anti-gay marriage crusader, came to the defense of Rep. Todd Akin when he appeared on "The Today Show" this morning. They share the same values. Bros before hos who get raped and pregnant, right? Anyway, I am, however,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 21, 2012

Rep. Todd Akin Asks For “Forgiveness,” Finally Admits Pregnancy Can Result From Rape

Well, I guess I can finally put away my hand mirror. My wrist was starting cramp up and I think I threw out my back. See, I've spent the last 36 or so hours looking for my APRMT -- that stands for Anti-Pregnancy Rape Mechanism Thingmajig -- which Rep. Todd Akin said kicks in whe…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 21, 2012

Republicans Asking Rep. Todd Akin To Drop Out Of Race

Republicans are calling on poorly informed Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of his Senatorial race in Missouri.  Like, begging him: Seriously, please, dude. You are making us look terrible. [Huffington Post] Other things Rep. Akin believes to be true about the uterus! [The Awl] And here's Em and Lo's send-up of the top five kind…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 20, 2012
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