• Thu, Sep 13 2012

Clueless Male Republicans Keep Pretending They Understand Rape

Could somebody please make male republicans shut up? At least when it comes to them pretending that they have a clue as to what it’s like to be a woman and get raped? Yesterday Arizona Senator Jon Kyl added to his party’s really dumb remarks lately about rape by saying a U.S. Embassy’s statement was pretty much the same thing as a woman asking to get raped.

It all started after the U.S. Embassy released a statement condemning an anti-Muslim movie, which, among other things, conveys that “Islam is like cancer,” according to its director and writer. The U.S. was not happy about the film, they released a statement condemning it (before the attack in Libya that killed four American diplomats), and now Kyl thinks he needs to come to the rescue and let the world know how clueless the Embassy is:

It’s like the judge telling the woman who got raped, ‘You asked for it because of the way you dressed.’ OK? That’s the same thing. ‘Well America, you should be the ones to apologize, you should have known this would happen, you should have done — what I don’t know — but it’s your fault that it happened.’ You know, for a member of our State Department to put out a statement like that, it had to be cleared by somebody. They don’t just do that in the spur of the moment.

In reality, he’s the one who came off looking clueless. Sorry Kyl, but blaming a women who got raped is not the same thing as any statement that any U.S. Embassy could have ever made.

One of Kyl’s aides tried to come to the rescue by releasing this “clarification”:

Senator Kyl’s comments were meant to demonstrate that innocent victims of violence need never apologize to those committing the heinous acts of violence.

But it’s a little too late to try to make up for this latest insensitive blunder.

For the zillionth time Republicans, please stop pretending that you know what it’s like to be a woman who gets raped. Because you don’t. One would think after Rep. Todd Akin‘s brilliant statement that women can’t possibly get knocked up after a “legitimate” rape and Rick Santorum saying “rape babies are a gift from God” that someone–anyone–would have given the Republicans a strict talking to.

But apparently no one has. Just last week that we heard from yet another Republican, Joe Walsh, ranting about Sandra Fluke‘s “embarrassing” stance on birth control.

Guys, please just stop saying stupid things.

 

Photo: washingtonpost.com

 

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  • Taryn

    Can’t we give him the benefit of the doubt here? Clearly he meant to draw a similarity to “blaming the victim,” which is pretty accurate. In general it’s insensitive to bring up rape when rape is not exactly relevant to the conversation. Nothing should be compared to rape, even loosely. But give the guy a break, I think we all know what he was trying to say. His statement was nothing like the TRULY insensitive ones that come from the mouths of men on the subject of sexual assault.

  • Ann

    I agree, in general, with Taryn. Your reaction seems to be based more on the fact that a male Republican referred to rape than on the intent of his words. You sound awfully political and/or hypersensitive in your criticism. The reality is that a lot of Republican males know a lot about rape and are staunch supporters of women who’ve been raped. In general, I’d guess that law-and-order Republicans are more likely to want to lock up rapists for long terms, while Democrats are more likely to be softer on them with more “sympathetic” laws and generous parole terms.

    Yep, I’m a rape victim. And I’m a Republican. And I trust a lot of Republican males to be just as angry and understanding as any woman on this topic. A LOT. If you truly wish to forbid an entire segment of our society from talking about the issue unless they agree with you, then you are intolerant and don’t understand genuinely free speech. Worse, you won’t have the broadest support when the time comes that you need it.