GOP Misogyny: Republican Embrace of Rape Culture

October 26, 2012 at 11:23 pm by: nancy a heitzeg Category: 2012 Election, Civil Rights, Economic Terrorism, White Privilege

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“A rape culture is a complex of beliefs that encourages male sexual aggression and supports violence against women. It is a society where violence is seen as sexy and sexuality as violent.

In a rape culture, women perceive a continuum of threatened violence that ranges from sexual remarks to sexual touching to rape itself.

A rape culture condones physical and emotional terrorism against women as the norm.”

Transforming A Rape Culture

by Emily Buchwald, Martha Roth, and Pamela Fletcher (2004)

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Wake Up — The GOP War on Women is real all right.

Republican Definitions of Rape:


“When life begins with that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.” -Richard Mourdock (R), candidate for Senate in Indiana, on October 23, 2012

“The right approach is to accept this horribly created, in the sense of rape, but nevertheless…a gift of human life, and accept what God is giving to you.” –Rick Santorum (R), Senator and Presidential candidate, on January 20, 2012

“Richard and I, along with millions of Americans…believe that life is a gift from God.” -Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas voicing his support of Richard Mourdock’s statement about rape-induced abortions, on October 24, 2012


“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” –Republican Congressman & Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri on August 20, 2012


“If it’s an honest rape, that individual should go immediately to the emergency room, I would give them a shot of estrogen.” –Republican Congressman & Presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas on February 3, 2012


“It was an issue about a Catholic church being forced to offer those pills if the person came in in an emergency rape.” –Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon of Connecticut (also confusing churches with hospitals) on October 15, 2012


“If you go down that road, some girls, they rape so easy.” –Republican State Representative Roger Rivard of Wisconsin, on December 21, 2011 and endorsed by VP Candidate Paul Ryan on August 9, 2012


Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan, Todd “legitimate rape” Akin and 214 other Republicans co-sponsored the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”, which would prohibit federal funding of abortions except in instances of “an act of forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest.” -H.R. 3, 112th Congress, January 20, 2011


“If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.” –Republican Gubernatorial candidate Clayton Williams of Texas on March 25, 1990

Republicans’ Shocking Positions on Rape and Pregnancy Aren’t Outliers — They’re Central to the GOP Agenda

See also: Pennsylvania Bill Would Reduce Welfare Benefits For Women Who Cannot Prove They Were Raped

The Atlantic: Richard Mourdock, Mitt Romney and the GOP Defense of Coerced Mating


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In the spirit of things - Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Sarah Silverman and other pals take on these authoritarian patriarchs.


And, since I'm old school, here's my girl Lesley "You Don't Own Me" Gore with a new incarnation of that standard.  (Quincy Jones, her producer, did not want her to record this in 1964, but she held her ground, and a legendary song was born.)  I note that Lesley came out long ago.


Thank you, Nancy.  Truth.

Seeta moderator

 @nancy a heitzeg Thanks for this Nancy -- the GOP is nothing more than the American Taliban posing an existential threat to all women.  Women must come and vote this election like their lives depend on it -- because they do.

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

 @Seeta ps I hope it is clear now -- as it has been to me forever -- that these "old grey faced men"as Tina Fey calls them -- do not care at all about the unborn or the already born.. Issues of reproduction are the pathway for them to control the rights of women -- all rights including the right to work ..


Or Vote


CNN helps too

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

 @Seeta White supremacist capitalist patriarchy out in full force ..

They MUST lose

Seeta moderator

 @nancy a heitzeg Exactly right.  It has always been about domination, control, and subjugation for the GOP American Taliban party.