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Republican Rape

22 responses to “Republican Rape

  1. Whether it’s women’s rights, Constitutional integrity, or truth in justice, that image says it all…

  2. Susan Anderson

    For anyone seeking a useful argument, there is an 11 year old being forced to bear her rapist’s child in Ohio …

    Republicans are fond of changing the subject to late-term abortions, about which they are quite pushy with a number of lies. They are unwilling to discuss the situation of the actual born. Fact is, they have convinced themselves that only fetuses are “pure” and the rest of us can go hang.

    • Actually, the 11 yo in question is not being forced to bear her rapist’s child. This one sounded unbelievable, and it was inaccurate, but the situation obtains an 11 yo rape victim in the future. Here is the link and a quote:

      https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ohio-abortion-heartbeat-bill-pregnant-11-year-old-rape-victim-barred-abortion-after-new-ohio-abortion-bill-2019-05-13/

      “Though the 11-year-old in this case won’t be subject to the state’s pending law, thousands of other women in the future would be. ”

      The state legislatures understand that they now have a US Supreme Court that will allow a rollback of Roe v Wade on a state by state basis with a states’ rights argument. It took a while, but the Confederacy has finally won the Civil War. Hopefully the Dred Scott decision does not come back into force. Time will tell.

      I hope the evangelicals who pin so much of their aspirations on stopping abortion at any price are content with the results of their work. Mission accomplished.

      • Mike, I take exception to your conflation of the Civil War and the current culture wars; it’s not just or even primarily a “Southern thing”–note that the example we were discussing was from Ohio, clearly a Northern tier state.

        Moreover, the urban South–a much bigger slice of the pie than is often considered, from NC’s research triangle area to Atlanta, to Houson, TX–is emphatically not Trump country. (For example, the only sizable city in Georgia and SC together that he won in 2016, I think, was Greenville/Spartanburg–Atlanta, Columbia, Columbus, Savannah/North Augusta, Charleston, and (I think) even Macon all went for Hillary. I haven’t checked the numbers for other Southern states, but I’m pretty sure the same pattern holds in Florida and beyond.)

        No, the political split in America runs wider and deeper than that–it runs through every state and most every extended family, I think.

      • No argument from me, Doc. I was thinking of the South as more of a state of mind than a geographic section of the country. I am thinking of the red states which is the old Confederacy generally and a bit more.

      • read again, Doc and agree that the vote count clearly goes urban blue and rural red. So, the blue states must be generally states where the majority of the voters resides urban and red states much be generally states where the majority of voters reside rural. As an escapee from rural Texas who lived primarily in Austin when I could, I have first hand experience with this phenomenon.

      • I know! I had the pleasure of visiting Austin for the first time a couple of years ago–we stayed at Pedernales State Park (having just come from a visit with (climate denying) family in Houston. And of course we’d seen the same thing in Georgia, and now here in SC.

        I guess the reason that I wanted to comment on this is that I think that people in general do seem to me to be prone to thinking that the South is some sort of monolithic block of conservatism. While I wouldn’t claim that there isn’t a strong conservative streak in the region, it’s neither unique to the South–just a little more predominant than in some regions!–nor is it the whole story. I’ve certainly found quite a few progressive folks here, who are not afraid to speak and act out as necessary. (And it’s frequently necessary today, obviously.) So I think that proposals to divide the nation along regional lines, for instance and which I’ve seen put forward in all (apparent) seriousness, are not reflective of the reality, and probably not particularly helpful.

        I say all that from an ‘outsider’s’ perspective; I’ve lived in the south for quite a while now, and have come to have some affection for the place and the people, but my core identity remains Canadian. So I can say this stuff without reflexive defensiveness on behalf of my milieu.

      • Susan Anderson

        SBM, thanks for the correction (and all your other wise comments). Sorry I do seem to go off too easily without tracing my “factoids” (quote intentional, per same problem) to the source. There are, however, numerous examples of coercion here and abroad.

      • You’re welcome, Susan. I have forwarded/shared a few things on facebook that turned out to be untrue. It’s really crummy to find out you inadvertently became fodder in the culture wars. We live in dark times.

      • Susan Anderson

        Here’s a more in-depth treatment of the “no exceptions for rape or incest” law in Ohio:

        I was devastated, emotionally wrecked, not only because I had been raped but because I was pregnant with my rapist’s child. I wondered aloud whether I should just quit law school and give birth to the baby that had been forced inside me.

        My mother listened quietly. She then told me that she, too, had been raped at about my age. She was raped by her boss when she was 20 years old. It was her first sexual experience. As she choked back tears, she said she never wanted her own daughter to experience the same fate. I begged her to tell me what to do — should I have this baby? — but she gently refused. “This is your choice, Michelle. Thank God you have a choice.”

      • Which is one good reason why we need a more gender-balanced government. It’s too easy for men–especially privileged, out-of-touch ones–to blithely dismiss the realities that women face far too often. That’s not to say, of course, that all men or all women are somehow ‘the same’ with respect to this issue (or any other).

        But “no taxation without representation,” as the old Revolutionary tocsin had it–and women, who pay this ‘tax’ in multiple ways, are massively under-represented in the very governments that make these feckless decisions.

        But there’s a sad kicker to this: a rape victim who gives birth and keeps custody of her child may be forced to deal with her attacker essentially in perpetuity, should he wish, because he may retain parental rights!

        https://www.cnn.com/2016/11/17/health/parental-rights-rapists-explainer/index.html

  3. Well, it is also what they are doing to the environment.

    What we see is best summed up by the “America first” concept.

    For Republicans (and most other right wing parties) this translates directly to “my party first” and “me personally first”. This also immediately explains why nothing that Republicans do could be wrong. While a completely different standard applies to other parties (their side can rape the constitution, the other side is breaking the constitution if someone is not singing the anthem loud enough).

    • Yes. It must have been twenty years ago now or more when I heard the segment on the Sean Hannity show that I’m about to describe. Back then I still tried to check in on such sources in the name of knowing what the opposition was saying; after a while, though, I just couldn’t stomach it any more.

      Anyway, there was a segment called “what red states do”, or something similar, and it was basically a verbal Norman Rockwell painting: lovable parents and friends having picnics, helping neighbors, going to baseball games and just generally being ostentatiously ‘normal’. I’m willing to believe that it may have been intended in the purely positive sense, of exalting what Mr. Hannity (or his writers) wished to hold up as an ideal.

      But the logical corollary was that all those ostentatiously normal things were *not* What Blue States Do. Left to the imagination was what they might be doing instead: eating sushi, listening to classic Julia Child broadcasts, teaching their children about Jackson Pollock, and reading them kid’s books about the Stonewall Raid every night? Hugging trees? Who knows? The point is, *they’re not normal!*

      It was, of course, pure bullshit. Pretty much all of my circle of friends was certifiably Librul to one degree or another, and all of them did ‘normal’ things, just like Hannity listeners. But they–we!–were being dehumanized for all Hannity listeners in that segment.

      It’s been a long time since I’ve heard a Hannity segment, but from snippets in the news, it doesn’t seem his tune has changed any, nor do I think he was the only one purveying that hateful message. I think it has been 20-plus years of pervasive propaganda to the effect that “Liberals” are not real Americans, not really even human. So what wonder that our wishes are deemed unimportant, our perspectives not worth considering, our voices a mere inconvenience? What wonder that the only important thing is to keep us from taking over? We are just borgs anyway.

      Thus endeth the lesson according to Fox & Friends.

  4. Doc, creating images of the Other designed to repell the mind has been one of America’s strong suits since the days of Thomas Nast; this one however is about as subtle as a photo of an elephant lynching– the last was perpetrated in 1915 by yellow dog democrats in Erwin,Tennessee.

    [Response: Enacting laws which repel the mind, the soul, the conscience, the very nature of humanity, has been one of the Republican party’s mainstays for decades. They are not the least bit subtle about it.

    Republican rape is real. Even when it’s not a crime, it is a sin.]

    • Yes, and not just in America. Examples are scattered in much greater profusion than I would like across human-occupied space and time.

      However, it’s still–and in fact, now more than ever–a crappy thing to do, either from altruistic or self-interested perspectives.

      That’s why I try to counter what I consider stereotyped perspectives or other rhetoric/framing that might tend to have a dehumanizing effect, whether intentional or not. That’s why, despite feeling pretty damn angry about a whole lot of things going down right now, I try to remain focused on the moral and practical advantages of civility and non-violence. And that’s why I try to watch out for my own biases and unhelpful framings, ’cause I know I’m just as human and fallible as the next naked ape.

  5. russellseitz

    Hat tip to Doc, for reminding us all that an elephant is a terrible thing to lynch.

  6. Susan Anderson

    Ran across this quote today:

    “Men cause 100% of unwanted pregnancies”

    Of course, the men don’t want to take responsibility for the resultant babies. Born babies, you see, are no longer “pure”. Mothers are the dirtiest of all, and deserve no help or support once they’ve been forced to give birth. Hypocrites all (whited sepulchers, moneychangers in the temple, anti-good samaritans) …

  7. “No, the political split in America runs wider and deeper than that–it runs through every state and most every extended family, I think.”

    A lot of it is urban vs rural, Pittsburgh & Philly vs Pennsyltucky.
    As James Carville said in the 80s, “Between Paoli and Penn Hills, Pennsylvania is Alabama without the blacks. They didn’t film The Deer Hunter there for nothing – the state has the second-highest concentration of NRA members, behind Texas”
    Or more succinctly, “Philly in the east, Pittsburgh in the west and Alabama in between”

    • Yup, that’s about right, though there’s a certain fractal quality about this, so you see it at various spatial scales. I can see it in my mundane life on a more or less daily basis: Camden, SC in the middle, with Democratic reps in the State legislature, and Ralph Norman, Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham in DC. “Country” kids in eastern Kershaw County, when I’m teaching over that way. Then the urban patchwork of Columbia, where I generally spend some time each week: a mixed bag, too, but much further left on balance than Camden or the county–for example, good ‘ol ‘Soda City’ is part of “We Are Still In”:

      https://www.wearestillin.com/organization/columbia-sc