The whole debate over the last few days have raised some very interesting and seriously disturbing questions. Within the discussions that have been posted both here and on the wider interwebs have been some pretty radical suggestions about the modesty of women. I appreciate that the anti/pro-choice debate will always stir deep emotions, and that to win the war some people at the extreme of the debate need to stigmatise the perceived ‘enemy’. Of course in this debate the ‘perceived’ enemy is over 50% of the population. From the politicians over the last few days we have heard that married women can’t be raped, women do not know what rape is, that there is such a thing as legitimate rape, and that one can distinguish between forced rape and unforced rape apparently. That one still blows my mind.
So here is the thing. This cannot be dismissed as a few loons on the far right digging a hole so far down that scrambling out of it seems rather problematic. Would that it were, but the RNC platform is slapping this idiocy on the back and proudly shouting this is what WE stand for. Rape is only rape if we say so by our definition. Women live with the consequences of rape whether you like it or not, oh and by the way we will forcibly rape you a second time with our transvaginal ultrasound it you have the temerity to fight for yourselves and your good mental health.
Now to support this lunacy of sending womens rights back to the middle ages we are subject to a torrent of justifications. If you get raped ladies you must have provoked it.
What were you wearing? Was your skirt above the knee? Oh, no. What were you thinking? It is all your fault.
What were you drinking? What do you mean you didn’t stick to coffee, that you fancied a couple (or more) beers? Oh, no. What were you thinking? It is all your fault.
Did you actually go on a date? What with someone you knew and thought you could trust? But let me guess your skirt was above your knee and you fancied a couple of beers? Well there you go then, you only have yourselves to blame.
If you get raped and get pregnant go home sit down and count your blessings. After all if you had not put yourself in harms way by leaving your house you would not have been raped right? You would not have got pregnant, right? So really it is your own fault, right?
How far do the right really want to take this? How modest would be modest enough for the American Taliban? I can hazard a guess and it is not a good look. You see ladies how you behave is the cause of all the problems. These good ole boys are just trying to save you from yourselves. So I suggest you all comply, do what the good men want and get yourselves in that Burka post haste. Because I really do not think anything less modest will modest enough. Even then I am not sure. Alternatively every single women can turn round, say hell no, and vote these nutters out.