HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » New Republican Idea: Puni...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 06:18 AM

New Republican Idea: Punishing Rape Victims With Jail Time

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/25/new-republican-idea-punishing-rape-victims-with-jail-time/



NM state Rep. Cathrynn Brown

New Republican Idea: Punishing Rape Victims With Jail Time
By Amanda Marcotte
Friday, January 25, 2013 9:22 EST

If you’re looking for evidence that the differences between men and women are greatly exaggerated, the fact that women are equally capable as men of mind-blowing misogyny should erase all doubt. New Mexico state Rep. Cathrynn Brown proved that this week by introducing a bill aimed at throwing rape victims in jail if they refuse to honor their rapist’s right to control their body by carrying his child. This sort of insult to rapists will not stand, so Brown, standing up bravely for rapists who want the suffering they’ve inflicted to carry on and on for their victims, has proposed banning abortion for rape victims on the phony grounds that it’s “tampering with evidence”.

Of course, the entire idea that having a rapist’s baby would somehow be treated as proof of a rape is beyond silly. After all, the defense against the charge of rape is rarely to claim that the penis didn’t go into the vagina, but to accuse the victim of consenting and then, due to the unique viciousness of women, claiming it was rape for the lulz. Or to conceal her epic sluttiness by having the police grill her about her sex life, the defense attorney question her about it for the public record, and the entire community gossip about what a big slut she must be to press rape charges. I suspect Brown knows this, coming from the same anti-choice circles as Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin, where the belief is that women are deceitful creatures who will lie and kill to conceal how much fun sex they’re having.

To understand what’s going on here, you have to understand that anti-choicers primarily understand abortion as an attempt by women to hide how naughty they are. Never mind that most women getting abortions are in their 20s and are mothers already; the myth that abortion patients are young girls having all this sexy fun they’re not supposed to have and then hiding the “evidence” with abortion is so erotic and enticing for anti-choicers that they’re not letting it go. That’s why hanging out in front of abortion clinics and yelling at patients is so crucial to the movement: They believe you’re trying to hide your shameful non-virgin status, and by gum, they’re going to be there to make sure they get a chance to see your face and cast judgment. You will not get to hide your non-virginity from them! They are entitled to pass judgment, and if they don’t get to do it by shaming you for being a single mother, they’ll show up and yell at you at the abortion clinic. And probably masturbate about it later. You laugh, but when you see behavior like this enough, you begin to realize that this anti-choice obsession with abortion is so profound that “sexual fetish, no matter how sublimated” is the likeliest explanation.

The narratives of sexual transgression and concealment that dictate how anti-choicers view abortion make this bill all the easier to understand. The possibility that women have abortions to reduce suffering in their lives, prevent economic catastrophe, or regain control over their lives are dismissed in favor of believing that an abortion means someone is hiding a sexy secret. It reduces rape to a “sexy secret” and, of course, reinforces the narrative that women are to blame for their rapes, because they are being so dirty and naughty and rowr that men have no choice but to put them in their place with some raping. (Implicit anti-choice narratives and really foul porn plots have a lot in common, which doesn’t strike me as a coincidence.) That’s why you get terms like “legitimate rape”. That’s why, I suspect, Republicans killed the Violence Against Women Act. The narrative that women bring violence on themselves by breaking the lady mandate to be quiet, chaste, and submissive seems to be gaining strength on the right, not that it ever really went away. Being raped is apparently a crime in and of itself, and if you won’t be punished by forced childbirth for being so rapeable, then jail time for you, in the eyes of Rep. Brown.

10 replies, 1942 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 10 replies Author Time Post
Reply New Republican Idea: Punishing Rape Victims With Jail Time (Original post)
unhappycamper Jan 2013 OP
newfie11 Jan 2013 #1
meow2u3 Jan 2013 #7
duhneece Jan 2013 #2
CanonRay Jan 2013 #3
marble falls Jan 2013 #4
maggiesfarmer Jan 2013 #5
quaker bill Jan 2013 #6
BainsBane Jan 2013 #8
Denninmi Jan 2013 #9
TheOther95Percent Jan 2013 #10

Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 06:23 AM

1. How the hell do these people get elected

Is everyone crazy?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to newfie11 (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:06 AM

7. Simple. They play a bait-and-switch game

The teatards run on promises to bring jobs to their districts and, once elected, they push their extreme misogynist agenda when they think no one's looking.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:12 AM

2. Our local state rep signed as a supporter

We, on the other hand, are having a 'We Trust Women Commemoration of Roe v Wade' rally today. Our local Tea Party planned a pro-gun rally at the same time, same place. We had turned in our Special Events Permit for this time & location on Jan 2. They hadn't turned in a permit at all, so we've been at the City Clerk's, the Police Dept and I talked to their coordinator all week long. They cancelled, per the newspaper yesterday, but I still have a tiny bit of fear for our supporters today.

On our MLK memorial march, I carried a sign with one of his quotations, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

Today, more than ever in our southern New Mexico neighborhood (and all around the world), expressing our support for women's reproductive rights MATTERS!

Hope to post pics later.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:29 AM

3. Where are we? Pakistan? Iran? Yemen?

What utter nonsense. This woman has no business in any legislature in any civilized country.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 08:10 AM

4. Lost her soul as well as her mind.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 08:14 AM

5. actually an old idea they got from the Middle East

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 08:59 AM

6. Evidence can be maintained in alot of ways

In the woman's body is only one and no better than others. It is probably every bit as easy to get the clean sample of DNA you need from a preserved fetus, and injury is no longer a concern.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to quaker bill (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:42 AM

8. of course

This is complete bullshit. The GOP doesn't care about rape. They want to control women's bodies.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:46 AM

9. Oh, fuck that.

God, what will they want to do next, just stone them to death like in Afghanistan?

WTH is wrong with these people?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:53 AM

10. Excellent article

Much of the GOP dogma wrapped in "freedom" is actually about controlling women. Abortion is one case in point. Antipathy to equal pay is another. Best be home barefoot and pregnant than collecting a paycheck, little lady.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread