Silence Is Golden, But Won't Fix the Republican Problem With Rape Culture Rhetoric

Here's a hilarious yet horrifying (hilarifying?) twist in the saga of Republican politicians vs. rape culture rhetoric. The anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony list is launching a new training program to help Republican lawmakers and elected officials talk about rape without inciting frustration (and projectile vomiting) in the American public. 

The GOP hopes that this measure will stop its representatives from spewing misinformed and polarizing nonsense about sexual abuse, but I mean...let’s be real. These guys seem pretty attached to their antiquated and downright incorrect beliefs about rape. 

Earlier today, we wrote about Rep. Phil Gingrey and his mind-boggling defense of Sen. Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin’s now infamous comments during the 2012 election. Gringrey, who serves as the co-chair of the GOP Doctors Caucus (seriously), recently stood up for Akin, insisting that his comments were “partially right”. 

We tell infertile couples all the time that are having trouble conceiving because of the woman not ovulating, ‘Just relax. Drink a glass of wine. And don’t be so tense and uptight because all that adrenaline can cause you not to ovulate.

So, what does the Susan B. Anthony list have in store for these GOP loudmouths? Turns out, most of their planned "sensitivity training" will consist of getting these dudes to shut the hell up. Republican strategist Kevin Madden insists that “This is actually pretty simple. If you’re about to talk about rape as anything other than a brutal and horrible crime, stop”. 

But getting the offending Republicans to keep their batshit opinions to themselves doesn't solve the problem. As exhausting as it is to shout down sound bite after ignorant sound bite about women's health and gender equality, at least it's a conversation that we're finally able to have. 

I think that guys like Gingrey and Akin should have to wear their half-baked ideas about rape on graphic tee shirts, on display for the world to see. They shouldn't be able to backpedal or keep mum about their beliefs, because that will only perpetuate the false ideas on which they're built. Maybe if we're lucky, this brand of Republican will just chatter itself into a shamefaced footnote in the history of our nation's political discourse. 

Hey, a girl can dream. 


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