14.2.08

I'm flabbergasted

“Rape, ladies and gentlemen, is not today what rape was. Rape, when I was learning these things, was the violation of a chaste woman, against her will, by some party not her spouse. Today it’s simply, ‘Let’s don’t go forward with this act."

Who said that? Grandpa Earle after a couple of beers at thanksgiving?

Oh no, it was Sen. Doug Henry from good 'ole Tennessee. And, can you believe it...he's a Democrat! Crazy knows no party, I suppose.

This kind of idea is not only archaic and dumb, but also unbelievably dangerous.

Take a look at it. It's like one of those pictures in Highlights (that kids magazine that helped you learn junk, remember?) where you search for all the things that shouldn't be there. Except, this time it is search for all the horrific rape myths rather that funny animals.

Ok, so, it's only rape if she is chaste (to translate from the old english, I think that means a virgin). I guess, if the victim isn't a virgin then she probably wanted it - because non-virgin means "let's do this thing."

Next, if we look close, well not that close because it's pretty dad gum blatant, we see that rape can't happen if the perpetrator is your spouse. Yeah, that's not true. Apparantly, he hasn't spoken with a victim of marital rape. He hasn't listened to the victim tell of all the emotional pain caused by the person you love attacking you, not listening to your cries, not hearing your no's. Apparantly, once a ring gets popped on your finger you given up all rights to decide what or who happens to your body.

"Today, it's simply "let's not go forward with this act'". Yeah man, it is. No means stop, get away, sick, nasty, pretty much anything other that "yes".

I mean dang, can we all agree on the importance to elect representatives aware of our world? This guy clearly can't be the voice of half of his state because he doesn't understand a major threat they consider daily.

I'm sad. I'm irritated. And, I'm all the more aware of the change, big change, that needs to occur.

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2 comments:

Virginia Leigh said...

rob, i think you misinterpreted what the guy was saying.....i took it this:
how he learned to understand rape 40-50 years ago is different than what is being understood today.

however, i would like to see in what context he said this in order to evaluate his tone.
love,
virginia

Rob Powell said...

you're right- context is important.

from what i gleaned, it was his explanation for not supporting abortion after rape.

for this reason, i assumed that he considered rape back then as he described it a real crime, but not anymore