I interrupt my self-imposed moratorium on using ClobberBlog to comment on politics to bring you this much-needed bit of snark, in the form of an open letter to Todd Akin:
Rep. Akin of Missouri, though I applaud your apparent taste in film, I think you should know that Mitchell Lichtenstein’s 2007 black horror comedy Teeth was a work of fiction, not a documentary on the female anatomy. What I’m trying to say is, we women don’t really have dentata in our vaginas. When we are raped, our bodies do not possess “ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Sexual intercourse via coercion has just as much a chance of conceiving a child as consensual sex.
I know that you have since tried to walk back a portion of your remarks, but I have not seen you try to walk back your ignorance. Since approximately 51.47% of your state is female, maybe you shouldn’t be in a position to vote on problems that effect women if you can’t be bothered to learn about us, hmm?
As someone who is pro-life, Republican, and feminist (yes, I self-identify as all of those things), I just want to encourage you to consider stepping down from this election. I think you’ve had a Clayton Williams moment, and I don’t believe you will recover from it.