I called Republican Senate Candidate Todd Akin as asshat yesterday for saying that a woman could not be impregnated by a "legitimate rape."
I don't normally resort to crude name-calling, but Akin deserved it then and he deserves it now.
But I've since realized that if Akin deserves the asshat title for his comment about rape, so do some other public figures. Take a look at this video:
I hope Ms. Goldberg cringed at the memory of her own comments when she heard Akin's remark.
If she has any decency or self-awareness, I'm sure she did.
Both Akin and Ms. Goldberg chose to slice and dice the definition of rape ("rape-rape" and "legitimate rape") until they could find a way to defend their position.
Akin wanted to justify his hardline anti-abortion stance by saying that "legitimate rape" doesn't cause pregnancies.
Ms. Goldberg wanted to excuse Roman Polanski (who plied a 13-year-old girl with alcohol and drugs, and then assaulted her) by saying that what he did wasn't "rape-rape."
(So- she wanted it. Is that what you meant, Ms. Goldberg?)
In both cases, they were effectively telling millions of rape victims that their assaults might not be "real." In both cases, millions of rape victims were put on notice: If your assault upsets our narrative, we'll call it fake. It's not "legitimate rape". It's not "rape-rape."
Why? Because it's inconvenient. Because we said so.