What Counts as “Legitimate Rape”? Let This Song Be Your Guide

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock or stuck on Mars zapping one for the past week, you’ll know about the ruckus caused by Missouri congressman Todd Akin over the issue of abortion. While being interviewed on a St. Louis TV show, the conservative Akin — who is running against Democrat Claire McCaskill for Senate — was asked whether he supported abortion in the case of women who have been raped. His now-immortal response:

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Disregarding the extremely sketchy science behind this idea — that a woman’s body would somehow biologically protect her from a forced pregnancy — Akin’s statement prompted another confounding question: what the heck is “legitimate rape,” anyway?

Thankfully, Taylor Ferrera has the answer.

On her YouTube page, the New York-based singer-songwriter said:

“A lot of controversy over Todd Akin’s comments on “Legitimate Rape” and the miracles a woman’s uterus can do when it happens. But how does the uterus KNOW when the rape is legitimate?

“Finally, someone with answers – Me.”

As Ferrera’s folk-pop ditty puts it, if you’re “a little drunk,” know the rapist well or were wearing a “kinda short skirt” — well, that’s not legitimate rape at all. If you’re married to the man? “That’s a husband’s privilege!” And if you’re pregnant from rape? “Clearly not legitimate!” After all, from what Akin understands from doctors, “that’s really rare.”

And she’s even put a catchy tune to it.

16 comments
Rabid Wombat
Rabid Wombat

Is it a legitimate rape if you're a little drunk, take home the guitar player from some dive bar you are at, and then decide you shouldn't have a few days later and decide to blame it all on him?

Bill Charette
Bill Charette

Is it legitimate rape if a 20 yo male has consensual sex with a 16yo female in a state where the age of consent is 17?  What if she is the one who pushed him down and ravished HIM?

Does all rape mean "the 'victim' didn't want it"?

Or only "rape rape" as Whoopi so eloquently stated in regards to Roman Polanski?

Doug H
Doug H

Lets beat this story to death now...sheesh. Whatever happened to Anthony Weiners weiner? Or the Democrat from MN having sex with 17 year old boys in truck stops?

AlbinoWino
AlbinoWino

Weiner left office. Akin is like a case of herpes we can't seem to shake. He doesn't want to leave because God told him he would win the Senate race.

happydayfortennis
happydayfortennis

Don't worry, in a week some politician on either side will make an even bigger gaffe, and we will all forget about this one. 

{ Laura }
{ Laura }

 I doubt it.  Clearly no one in your life has ever been a victim of rape.  If they had, you would understand why this is such a big deal.  It's not about the fact that he is a Republican or that he is anti-abortion or even that he's an idiot.  It's that he is INSENSITIVE and CRUEL.  To try to say that there is "legitimate" versus "illegitimate" rape is like saying "It's your fault that your wife-beating husband hits you"... rape is rape, and you can't question the "legitimacy" of a rape.

happydayfortennis
happydayfortennis

Thanks for your strawman argument, but I really didn't say anything to justify his statement. 

Staghill
Staghill

What is he afraid of history?

 

Staghill
Staghill

Ask former Texas Governor  Bill Clements about his comment, "If you are being raped, don't fight just lay back and enjoy it"!  He lost his bid for re election.   He was a republican governor. He also aided SMU in getting the "Death Penalty" by covering up the scandal...

standupforvictims
standupforvictims

Akin - you have no idea what it is like to be a woman.  I was raped and abused for 10 years.  Maybe someone should put your ass in prison, let you experience "rape"and then you can re-think your comments.  You are nasty.  I bet you would feel differently if your wife or daughter were raped.  And, by the way - HOW DARE YOU SPEAK FOR  ABUSED WOMEN!  Resign - we don't need people like you representing us.

Yekeh
Yekeh

Wow, surprised that Time did not politicize the idiotic statement expressed by Todd Akin by crucifying and vilifying the entire Republican Party. While at it , you can also blame the Tea Party as well.  

JMarte
JMarte

Does anyone remember back when Time used to known for halfway responcible reporting and coverage?

Rabid Wombat
Rabid Wombat

 That was this Time, but not this Time, and it was a long Time ago.