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The Conservative “Mind” at Work

The Conservative “Mind” at Work

Hello, everyone.

I have never included a complete article in these diaries, partly because WordPress discourages it. But I am making an exception this one time. The article is, of course, a satire, but it does make a powerful point. I will make comments after the article.

Here is the article, from a website called http://whatever.scalzi.com All underlined words and phrases were in italics in the web version.

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A Fan Letter to Certain Conservative Politicians

OCTOBER 25, 2012 BY JOHN SCALZI

WARNING this post is going to be oh-so-very-triggery for victims of rape and sexual assault. I am not kidding.

Dear certain conservative politicians:

Hi! I’m a rapist. I’m one of those men who likes to force myself on women without their consent or desire and then batter them sexually. The details of how I do this are not particularly important at the moment — although I love when you try to make distinctions about “forcible rape” or “legitimate rape” because that gives me all sorts of wiggle room— but I will tell you one of the details about why I do it: I like to control women and, also and independently, I like to remind them how little control they have. There’s just something about making the point to a woman that her consent and her control of her own body is not relevant against the need for a man to possess that body and control it that just plain gets me off. A guy’s got needs, you know? And my need is for control. Sweet, sweet control.

So I want to take time out of my schedule to thank you for supporting my right to control a woman’s life, not just when I’m raping her, but for all the rest of her life as well.

Ah, I see by your surprised face that you at the very least claim to have no idea what I’m talking about. Well, here’s the thing. Every time you say “I oppose a woman’s right to abortion, even in cases of rape,” what you’re also saying is “I believe that a man who rapes a woman has more of a right to control a woman’s body and life than that woman does.”

Oh, look. That surprised face again. All right, then. On the chance that you’re not giving me that surprised face just for the sake of public appearances, let me explain it to you, because it’s important for me that you know just how much I appreciate everything you’re doing for me.

So, let’s say I’ve raped a woman, as I do, because it’s my thing. I’ve had my fun, reminding that woman where she stands on the whole “being able to control things about her life” thing. But wait! There’s more. Since I didn’t use a condom (maybe I’m confident I can get other people to believe it was consensual, you see, or maybe I just like it that way), one thing has led to another and I’ve gotten this woman pregnant.

Now, remember how I said the thing I really like about raping a woman is the control it gives me over her? Well, getting a woman pregnant is even better. Because long after I’m gone, she still has to deal with me and what I’ve done to her. She has to deal with what’s happening to her body. She has to deal with doctor visits. She has to deal with the choice whether to have an abortion or not — which means she has to deal with everyone in the country, including you, having an opinion about it and giving her crap about it. And if she does have an abortion, she has to deal with all the hassle of that, too, because folks like you, of course, have gone out of your way to make it a hassle, which I appreciate. Thank you.

Every moment of that process, she has to be thinking of me, and how I’ve forced all of this on her — exercised my ability to bend her life away from what it was to what I’ve made of it. Me exercising my control.

I gotta tell you, it feels awesome.

But! You know what would feel even more awesome? The knowledge that, if you get your way and abortion is outlawed even in cases of rape, that my control of her will continue through all the rest of her life.

First, because she’ll have no legal choice about whether to have the baby I put in her — sorry, dearie, you have no control at all! You have to have it! That’s nine months of having your body warp and twist and change because I decided that you needed a little lesson on who’s actually running the show. That’s sweet.

Once the baby’s born, the woman will have to decide whether to keep it. Here’s an interesting fact: Of the women who have gotten pregnant from rape who give birth to that baby, most keep the baby,by a ratio of about five to one. So my ability to change the life of the woman just keeps growing, doesn’t it? From the rape, to the nine months of the pregnancy, to the rest of her life dealing with the child I raped into her. Of course, she could put the kid up for adoption, but that’s its own bundle of issues, isn’t it? And even then, she’s dealing with the choices I made for her, when I exercised my control over her life.

Best of all, I get to do all that without much consequence! Oh, sure, theoretically I can get charged with rape and go to prison for it. But you know what? For every hundred men who rape, only three go to prison. Those are pretty good odds for me, especially since — again! — folks like you like to muddy up the issue saying things like “forcible rape.” Keep doing that! It’s working out great for me.

As for the kid, well, oddly enough, most women I rape want nothing to do with me afterward, so it’s not like I will have to worry about child support or any other sort of responsibility… unless of course I decide that I haven’t taught that woman a big enough lesson about who’s really in control of her life. Did you know that 31 states in this country don’t keep rapists from seeking custody or visitation rights?How great is that? That’s just one more thing she has to worry about — me crawling out of the woodwork to remind her of what I did, and am continuing to do, to her life.

Look how much control you want to give me over that woman! I really can’t thank you enough for it. It warms my heart to know no matter how much I rape, or how many women I impregnate through my non-consensual sexual battery, you have my back, when it comes to reminding every woman I humiliate who is actually the boss of her. It’s me! It’s always been me! You’ll make sure it’ll always be me. You’ll see to that.

I am totally voting for you this election.

Yours,

Just Another Rapist.

P.S.: I love it when you say that you “stand for innocent life” when it comes to denying abortions in cases of rape! It implicitly suggests that the women I rape are in some way complicit in and guilty of the crimes I commit on top of, and inside of, their bodies! Which works out perfectly for me. Keep it up!

No, seriously, keep it up.

  • JAR

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To be honest, I wonder if political conservatives and Evangelicals and Catholics keep up this moronic nonsense about abortion because they indeed have a problem keeping it up, if you know what I mean.

Don’t get me wrong; I do indeed have issues with women over the way they have treated me throughout my life. Contrary to what women may want to think, it is indeed a woman’s world, and there have been honest men who have had their lives ruined because of dishonest rape claims made by women. And in divorce cases, it is not uncommon for a woman to take a man to the cleaners. I won’t go into any details, but I indeed have experienced my share – and then some – of female cruelty. I have even had a woman threaten to kill me if I tried to kiss her. So I do indeed have issues with women.

But I DO have my limits. And all of this bullhockey about rape on the part of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock crosses the line in my book. Mayhem and assault are attacks on the physical well-being of a person. Mental and spiritual abuse are assaults on the mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of a person. And what the Republicans – and the Evangelical community through its silence – are committing against women is not only physical, but also mental, emotional, and spiritual mayhem.

I felt that Rush Limbaugh’s slander against Sandra Fluke was not only uncalled for, but was also in the realm of illegal, and thus actionable. I also felt that the silence of Evangelicals like Billy Graham and Pat Robertson indicated total support for Limbaugh and his nonsense. I also felt that the impanelment of a group of men by a House committee to offer testimony about women’s health issues was totally ludicrous. As one courageous female representative observed, “Where are the women?” That stupidity is the equivalent to impaneling a group of NFL players to address the intricacies of interplanetary physics.

I believe that I dwelt with this in another diary, but the so-called “pro-life” movement is another pile of unadulterated bullhockey. Is the movement TRULY pro-life or is it only anti-abortion? If it is opposed to war, capital punishment, and torture by the United States, then it is truly pro-life. But if it protests only against abortion, then it is NOT pro-life, but anti-abortion.

Intellect is EXTREMELY important to me. That is why if a pastor does not have the equivalent of an Ivy-League theological-school education, I most likely will have no interest in anything he has to say. Heaven knows that I have heard my share – and then some – of the stupid nonsense about the “blood” and the “cross.” And that dictum applies to politics as well. That is why I snorted when I heard about Mitt Romney’s binders full of women. (I MUST admit, though, that I wanted those binders to see if I could find another woman to share my life!!) I also fell off my love seat dying of laughter when Barak Obama mentioned the horses and bayonets.

And this desire for intelligent, intellectual discourse is why I have voted for Barak Obama and sneer at the Republicans and their Evangelical apologists in this matter of rape. The concept of “legitimate rape” is abhorrent to me. So is the idea of “Godly rape. Barak Obama said it well – and intelligently: “Rape is rape.” That’s true; rape IS rape. And all of us with functioning brains who are not afraid to use them know this fact full well.

And that brings us back to the satire with which I started this diary. Every intelligent person knows that that article was only a satire, not to be taken seriously. But yet the satire DID make some good points. As long as the stupid Republicans and the idiotic Evangelicals continue this stupid horse-hockey of categorizing rape, there is some lawyer somewhere who will build a defense for a rapist based on this schmuck. And likewise, as long as the idiotic Republicans and stupid Evangelicals make abortion and birth control, instead of legitimate health concerns, the focus of women’s health issues, women are going to suffer and possibly die because of lack of access to good-quality health care.

I can think of no better or more appropriate way to end this diary than to quote Melissa Harris-Perry’s open letter to Richard Mourdock, the current hero of the Evangelicals and the anti-abortion crowd. Here it is, thanks to Crooks & Liars:

Dear Mr. Mourdock,

Sometimes I still flinch when I’m touched a certain way, even if it’s the loving embrace of my husband. I can’t stand to watch TV shows where rape is the central plot line. Even some seasons of the year are harder for me. Those of us who are sexual assault survivors call these triggers. We spend our lives — the lives we lead after the attack — avoiding and managing these triggers.

A congressional debate shouldn’t have to come with a trigger warning. But apparently, Richard, yours should. Because in Tuesday’s debate for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat, you said this Tuesday night during a debate in New Albany, Indiana.

I believe that life begins at conception…The only exception I have, to have an abortion, is in that case of the life of the mother. I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

Rape and sexual assault are complicated experiences for survivors. Some of us fight, kick, scream, and resist at every moment. Some of us eventually give in to save our own lives or to manage the horror. Some of us know that what is happening is rape, others of us just know it is wrong, but don’t have the words to describe why. Some of us push the memories down and try to forget, others of us battle openly with the nightmares and scars every day. There is no one right way to survive. There is no one right way to feel.

As we heal, we learn not to judge ourselves or to judge our fellow survivors, because we learn that judgment can wound as deeply as assault. If a woman finds herself pregnant after a rape, we do not judge the choices she makes.

I am descended from American slaves. I have foremothers who found themselves pregnant with children whose birth increased the wealth of the very man who enslaved and raped them. Somehow, through the angst and misery of that experience some of those women found a way to love and embrace the children they bore from rape. So I do not doubt the compassion or judge the choice of a survivor who carries a rape pregnancy to term.

But the whole point is choice. Consent. You see, Mr. Mourdock, the violation of rape is more than physical. Rapists strip women of our right to choose, of our right to say no, of our right to control what is happening to our bodies. Most assailants tell us it is our fault. They tell us to be silent. Sometimes they even tell us it’s God’s will. That is the core violation of rape– it takes away choice.

Richard, you believe it is fine to ignore a women’s right to choose because of your interpretation of divinity. Sound familiar?

Let me explain something to you. When we survive sexual assault, we are the gift. When we survive, when we go on to love, to work, to speak out, to have fun, to laugh, to dance, to cry, to live, when we do that, we defeat our attackers. For a moment, they strip us of our choices. As we heal, we take our choices back. We are the gift to ourselves, our families, our communities, and our nation when we survive.

Now let me say this very clearly to you Mr Mourdock, and to all of your shameless endorsers: we did not survive an attack on our consent just to turn around and give up our right to choose to you. Not without a fight.

Are you sure you want to have that fight?

Sincerely,

Melissa

So rejoice, Conservatives. The Rapist is voting for you. Not me. I’m voting for intellect and rationality. I have voted a Democratic straight ticket.

Have yourselves a good day today.

Bill

 

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October 28, 2012 - Posted by | Miscellaneous, Politics, Religion

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