Todd Akin said such stupid and hurtful things about rape that the Republican party wanted him to drop out of the race for Senate; one might expect that he’d be extremely sensitive when talking about women. But in comments about his most recent debate with his opponent, Senator Claire McCaskill, he managed to give the public yet another taste of his misogyny:
I think we have a very clear path to victory, and apparently Claire McCaskill thinks we do, too, because she was very aggressive at the debate, which was quite different than it was when she ran against Jim Talent,” Akin said. “She had a confidence and was much more ladylike (in 2006), but in the debate on Friday she came out swinging, and I think that’s because she feels threatened.
If you haven’t seen any other headlines discussing McCaskill’s uncouth behavior at the debate, it’s probably because she was just doing her job as a candidate for office…which isn’t to remain demure in the course of a debate.
But as Slate pointed out, his sexist comments aren’t likely to have turned off any new voters–if his complete misunderstanding of the female reproductive system and offensive use of the term “legitimate rape” didn’t convince you of his incompetence, you’re probably not bothered by his belief that women shouldn’t express their opinions in politics. But we hope other politicians are vocal about their disappointment in his comments, because man, this is really helping the country’s effort to get more women in politics.
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