So recently women’s health have been the subject of a number of different news stories. Between Rep. Todd Akin’s bold ‘legitimate rape’ statements, the recent findings indicating that older women are not solely to blame for children born with autism, and a much talked-about ‘war on women’ in politics, I felt it only topical and appropriate for a topical ‘threatdown‘ a la Colbert Report.
Legitimate rape. What we know, is that putting the word ‘legitimate’ in front of any inflammatory subject isn’t the most intelligent move in politics. That aside,what exactly did Akin mean by ‘legitimate’? Possibly what he could mean was a ‘forceful rape’ in which the female tries to fight back? It has been suggested that sometimes the filthy sex act isn’t ‘completed’ or that there may exist infertile rapists…but in my mind anytime something enters your hoo-hah unannounced, that is rape (unpleasant and ‘legitimate’).
In a recent Huffington Post article (and many many many others) It was cited that the roots of Akin’s statements came from a certain Dr. Fred Mecklenburg circa 1972. It should be noted, that the good doctor cites experiments performed in Nazi death camps in his evidence. Though it might be fun to lampoon Akin for his misplaced comment, the infamous findings of Dr. Mecklenburg have been used to legitimize a number of bizarre statements concerning rape. One such bizarre claim came from a Pennsylvania state Rep. Stephen Freind:
In 1988, Pennsylvania state Rep. Stephen Freind told a radio interviewer that the odds of a woman becoming pregnant after being raped “are one in millions and millions and millions.” The trauma of the rape, Freind explained, causes a woman to “secrete a certain secretion, which has a tendency to kill sperm.”
His source, Freind said, was a “Dr. Mecklenburg.”
Not to be outdone, a certain North Carolina state rep followed suit in 1995:
In 1995, North Carolina state Rep. Henry Aldridge told the state House appropriations committee that when women are “truly raped … the juices don’t flow, the body functions don’t work and they don’t get pregnant.”
So what does this mean for women? Dr. Jill Powell, a gynecologist from St. Louis University says, this misinformation could lead to women who need medical attention after a rape wrongfully assuming they will not get pregnant, and not seeking medical help.
“If someone has heard that medically there’s some reason they may not be at risk for pregnancy if they’ve been sexually assaulted, maybe it would deter them from disclosing information or seeking medical help,” Powell said.
Threat Level? HIGH