Today was the first day since I left Denver on August 3rd that I've had all to myself. Thank you M&T for inviting me to dogsit/housesit. I spend the day hanging out with their dog, finished writing a review of Fen Sun Chen's Butcher's Tree (finally!), and watching season 2 of Louie. I've been listening to Nico Muhly for the last hour while reading the news. And now, a little depressing media recap for you!
Ah yes, this totally makes sense...clearly Republican Senate Nominee Todd Akin has a solid understanding of how the female body works..:
Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy.
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Akin said that even in the worst-case scenario — when the supposed natural protections against unwanted pregnancy fail — abortion should still not be a legal option for the rape victim.
“Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work, or something,” Akin said. “I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
You can read his apology here. Maybe he should take a basic 7th grade sex ed class to understand, OH WAIT, I forgot he's one of those people who don't think sex ed should be taught: