Sunday, August 19, 2012

Victim of legitimate assholery

People like this are one of the reasons I'm not allowed to have venom glands.

Senate Candidate and Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) told a local television station on Sunday that “legitimate rape” rarely produces pregnancy because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Akin cited conversations with unnamed doctors for the bizarre claim.

According to a May 1 article that year in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Akin also apparently "has expressed concern that criminalizing marital rape gives women 'a legal weapon to beat up on the husband' during a divorce". Yes, that's totally the part of the whole marital rape issue we have to worry about. Heaven forbid a guy might possibly suffer in divorce court because some women selfishly want their rapes to be considered "legitimate"!

I just... I can't even... venom glands.

And for those who like science:
Are per-incident rape-pregnancy rates higher than per-incident consensual pregnancy rates? A meta analysis.

Our analysis suggests that per-incident rape-pregnancy rates exceed per-incident consensual pregnancy rates by a sizable margin, even before adjusting for the use of relevant forms of birth control.