Saturday, October 27, 2012

Christians, Politicians and Rape: The Holy Trinity

I never thought so much about rape as I have in the past month.  I had always perceived it as an aggression perpetrated by men who would dominate, demean and dehumanize their victims with sexual violence. 

But now I realize that rape is more than that.  Rape, or at least proffering one’s perspective on rape, is now of political importance.  Invoking it is almost a prerequisite to establish a politician’s credentials as an under-educated  God fearing Christian fanatic misogynist expert of misinformation, and cheerleader for bad science and insensitivity.

Rape has evolved beyond a heinous crime and mutated into a political sport. Rape now has its self appointed referees, expert analysts, apologists, technical directors, color commentators, and quacks. 

I've learned a lot about rape from these amateur religious rape enthusiasts.  I've learned that there is “legitimate rape”, thus presumably illegitimate rape.  I've discovered that men who would control a woman’s right to reproductive self determination have no problem espousing the fable of long discredited non-science that rape itself is a veritable contraceptive, thus rape victims rarely become pregnant. 

I've discovered that a rape is “God’s will,” or if it’s not then certainly the pregnancy of that attack is God’s blessing to that woman. I've learned that when a sperm enters an egg it is a human being and that doing anything to prevent the full term development of that two celled, four celled, eight celled, etc., product of rape is tantamount to “contract murder.”

I've come to appreciate the magnanimity of the enlightened self appointed male keepers of the uterus who declare that they have taken the maverick stance and parted ways with the party platform - condescending  not to seek to make abortion for rape victims illegal.  

Yes, I've been schooled about rape. More accurately, I've been enlightened as to the shallowness and grotesqueness of the minds of the Republican Party in general and the Religious Right Tea Baggers in particular. How it perceives women.  How it demeans women. How it seeks to control them. How it diminishes their very humanness by espousing false science and holier-than-thou-male dominated-penis waving-sperm worshiping- God invoking ignorance.  

I keep waiting for a Democratic candidate, or an Independent, or one of their supporters; or an atheist, or an agnostic to stumble blindly into this morass of rape rating declaration and Fallopian introspection. But I won’t hold my breath.  Fortunately it seems the obsessive verbal diarrhea over rape is uniquely the purview of the GOP politicians and their supporters. 

What else would we expect from Americans who get their talking points from a god, and their ability to reason from their anus?


NewEnglandBob said...

There is only one thing to determine: whether these disgusting Republican asswipes are being malicious and evil or are they mentally disturbed and too incompetent to be let out in public. It has to be one of those two options.

Evan said...

You should run for president... I'd vote for you.

Dromedary Hump said...

Bob: I'm going with the latter.

Evan: The odds of an atheist getting elected are low enough, but a dromedary atheist? Not a chance on dog's green earth. But thanks ;)

Carl said...

I don't think they can be called the republican party anymore. They should be renamed the christian neo conservative anti female party. But that would be to long of a title to wrap around their puny little brains.

LaurieB said...

It's especially disturbing to me when the late teen and 20-something women display their complete and utter ignorance on this subject. Apparently they have no view of the (recent) past when we had no access to legal, dependable birth control, abortion, medical insurance and legal protections that we all count on today. My own two daughters in their early twenties know about this because I told them about what life would be like for them without these protections. I wonder why other moms aren't doing the same thing too. How can we communicate this to the 20-somethings more effectively? I hope the Democrats and Feminists are indating the correct media sources to get this message across. I can't stand to watch MTV etc. long enough to discover the answer to this question.

It's important for women to speak out aggressively on this matter but it's also very important for guys to speak out too. Young men need to know that their social life will be profoundly different if women can't control their own reproductive functions. I have to think that we would revert back to a time when females will not engage in sexual behavior if there is any risk of an unwanted behavior. It would be the end of the casual hook-up. No more friends with benefits. We (females) would have to withhold sexual activity until we were absolutely sure that we have locked a guy solidly into a secure relationship so that his financial resources will go straight to his own offspring. We will become reacquainted with shotgun weddings.

This whole scenario must sound like something out of a creepy dystopia novel. It's not a dystopia because those take place in the future. The scenario I described above is from the recent past. People who support this situation are not Conservatives, they are Reactionaries. They want to drag us back to a past where personal freedom was a rare commodity. Women will suffer and so will men.

Women, tell your daughters what life would be like if there should ever come the day when we lose our reproductive rights. Men, tell your sons what their life will be like if women lose their reproductive rights.

Thank you Hump for doing so in a public way.

M.D.Mitchell said...

I'm quoting someone, "Rape is a violation of the law of natural selection. The rapist should be euthanized to protect the integrity of the species."

Dromedary Hump said...

Carl...catchy name. "Party of God's Self Appointed Defenders of Morality and Keepers of the Womb" would be just as good.

LaurieB...thanks for that thoughtful comment, and your kind compliment. Well said.

M.D. ... sounds about right to me, on both counts.

Anonymous said...

It reminds me of Romania under Ceaesescu.

Gerard52 said...

The theofacist, teabaggers and other rightwing miscreants have declared war on anyone who doesn't share the same deluded mind-set that they possess. If they succeed in taking the executive branch and both houses of congress- we are all screwed.