Todd Akin’s ‘ladylike’ comment typifies the GOP’s problem with women

From The Guardian UK:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/28/todd-akin-ladylike-comment-gop

Todd Akin’s gaffes over ‘legitimate rape’ and ‘ladylike’ are not accidental: they encapsulate Republican attitudes to women


guardian.co.uk, Friday 28 September 2012

Todd Akin has issues with women. And so does his Republican party.

Akin, of “legitimate rape” fame, is now complaining that his Democratic opponent, Claire McCaskill, had the nerve to actually campaign against him. McCaskill’s decision to run a standard political campaign was apparently not properly “ladylike”, and Akin is offended at her aggressiveness. No, really; here’s the quote:

“I think we have a very clear path to victory, and apparently Claire McCaskill thinks we do, too, because she was very aggressive at the debate, which was quite different than it was when she ran against Jim Talent. She had a confidence and was much more ladylike [in 2006], but in the debate on Friday she came out swinging, and I think that’s because she feels threatened.”

Personally, I think it’s a good thing for women to come out swinging, whether they’re facing down a “legitimate rapist” who thinks he has the right to violate women’s bodies, or a misogynist political opponent who thinks he has the right to control women’s bodies. And it’s some pretty sweet irony to hear the man who says women can’t become pregnant from “legitimate rape” also suggesting that women shouldn’t fight back when they feel threatened because aggressive self-defense is unladylike.

Ladies, apparently, should lie back and take it.

Continue reading at:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/28/todd-akin-ladylike-comment-gop

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