Mainstream Republican views [TW: rape]

Tyler Oakley reblogged a post from Tumblr user AGV notes, titled Top 5 Quotes About Rape from Republican Men:

These are the best (worst) GOP rape quotes I could find - but message me if you have more. Let’s hold these people accountable.

1. Todd Akin: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down” - mid 2012 Senate Campaign

2. Claytie Williams: “If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it” - mid 1990 Gubernatorial race in Texas 

3.  Chuck Winder: “I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape. I assume that’s part of the counseling that goes on.” - March 2012

4.  Ken Buck: “A jury could very well conclude that this is a case of buyer’s remorse … It appears to me … you invited him over… the appearance is of consent.” -October 2010

5. Rick Santorum: “I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you… rape victims should make the best of a bad situation.” - January, 2012


These aren't fringe nutjobs, they're people with a lot of popular support.  Three of those quotes are from this year.  There are a lot of people in this country who seriously support this party over the other leading party.

Even if these are considered fringe views by a lot of Republicans -- even if these quotes lead a lot of voters to think, "That's a little over the line, but it's not a dealbreaker."  It's still terrifying.  These quotes are so far away from okay that if you think they're just over the line, you're too far gone.

These quotes represent such a massive detachment from reality, compassion and empathy that it's absolutely clear that these people are not fit to govern.  It's not okay for politicians to be this far off on this.  Like it's not okay if a science teacher denounces germ theory, or like it's not okay for the police to deal cocaine.

It's not just stupid.  These aren't just bad people.  They're people who explicitly lack the qualifications to perform the jobs they're asking for.

To however many people this reaches, if you understand how nuts this is, please, please remember to vote.

ThinkProgress open letter re: Tomb Raider

(via Newsweek on Tumblr) I never really checked out ThinkProgress much before, but that's definitely changing.  I was very impressed with Alyssa Rosenberg's article today, An Open Letter to the Guys Who Told Me They Want to See Lara Croft Get Raped.

[Trigger warning: rape]

I had heard allusions to this effect, but before now I didn't know that an upcoming Tomb Raider title includes plans to explore Lara Croft's backstory, which features an attempted rape.  Apparently, some commenters on the topic thought it would be a good idea to play poorly for that part of the game, to see if they could let the rape happen:

 “As long as you get to watch Lara Croft get raped uncensored, I’ll pre-order the special edition right now,” wrote Jordan Cunningham. “I been wanting to see that foe nearly a decade.” And Eric Ericsson chimed in “Rape in my tomb raider? Oh boy, I cannot wait to raid her tomb.”

She starts from a very charitable position on the question of the inherent sexism of Lara Croft.  She concedes that there are totally legitimate ways in which one can fantasize about Croft that wouldn't qualify as exploitative or objectifying.  And the direction she takes the article is one of genuine concern for the commenters, assuming that these comments are the worst kind of thing they ever do.  (That's certainly possible in their specific case, and even if not, there are people out there for whom pretending they're okay with rape is the farthest they go.)

I clicked around a bit more on her columns:  She's got a great post, which I'm very glad exists, called The Guy's Guide to Being a Feminist Ally in Video Gaming.  It's exactly the sort of content I, as a nongendered person who was born male, like to see, and can get a lot out of.

ThinkProgress is now going into my regular checks for news to read daily.