Lots of us Mexico related bloggers are long standing, avid readers of Felipe Zapata, whether from the days of the Tales or the modern musings from the Moon. I could have placed this post of mine as a comment on his latest blog entry. But Felipe is a delicate flower at times, and prone to censoring those who disagree – often under the pretense of ‘bad manners’. I don’t generally comment under threat of censorship, so my opinions have been kept to myself for a long time now, bar one solitary effort. Which was quickly censored. Of course. But his latest literary discourse deserves a response. Over the years his opinions have gone from ‘common sense’ to ‘provocative’ to ‘untruthful’. A downward slide is pretty evident.
Today his latest post entered the ‘deserving of contempt’ arena. It is a scarcely disguised defense of Todd Akin. He claims that illegitimate rape exists. He suggests that it may indeed be possible that females have a way of preventing pregnancy when being raped – but although he wants the suggestion to remain in place, he doesn’t want you to hold him to it. Just in case, you know. But best of all, he maintains that in some cases of rape, the woman is partially to blame. He’s adamant about that.
Where do you even begin? He complains that commenters aren’t posting responses relevant to the post. Something I find a little ironic, and even a little bit hypocritical*. But I’ll have a crack at it here. Firstly, what the hell is legitimate or illegitimate rape? Seems to me it’s a term Akin made up as he was going along, but the idea was perhaps based on 13th century British law. Felipe, while your comments might belong to the 1200’s, we’ve moved on since then, and it would be nice if you could catch up and join us here in the 21st century.
For the record, if the sex was agreed to by the lady concerned, it wasn’t rape. We often refer to it as ‘consensual sex’. False allegations of rape are commonly referred to as ‘false allegations of rape’. What Felipe is doing is trying to justify an unjustifiable – and fairly despicable – opinion. I won’t touch much on the female’s ‘ability’ to ‘shut that whole thing down’. Anyone with an ounce of sense needs only to look up a few cases of rape that have resulted in pregnancy. The internet makes looking easy, and you don’t have to look hard. Raped females get pregnant pretty regularly. I think the results speak for themselves. There isn’t much room for doubt. It could be true that female bodies can prevent pregnancy? It might be possible? Felipe, expect a visit from this superhero, flying through your window, at any moment….
Lastly. Women are partially to blame for rape? Jeez, which century did you get your ejukashun from? I know name-calling etc ain’t kool, but there comes a stage where you just have to call a spade a spade. Felipe, rape is rape. I have had quite a few lasses in flats, rooms or hotels who’ve drunk a bit much and passed out in my presence. Know what? I didn’t rape a single one of them. Know why? Because I’m not a rapist. Females don’t ‘partially’ rape themselves. When a guy unzips and puts it in there when she’s saying no, or is unconscious, he is raping her. He bears one hundred per cent of the guilt. One hundred per cent. Not the slightest, tiniest bit less. He is the only one making a conscious decision to go through with the act. You can word it any way you want to. But you’re going to remain on the wrong side of what is morally acceptable. You can phrase it with some wit, but you’re going to remain a man talking nonsense that belongs in an era long gone.
Felipe, you plumbed the depths today. I have long disagreed with a lot of what you have had to say over the years, and still do. But this goes beyond provocative. It’s not controversial. It’s wrong and quite sickening. I suspect that your (often irrational) hatred for Señor Obama has lead you down a path of extremism. Turn round and walk back, amigo. Civilized society awaits you. It’s nicer here.
There is another reason I wanted to post my comment. It is perhaps the more interesting part of the post, although it’ll take a lot less time to get through. Obama’s successful presidential campaign of 2008 was heralded for his successful use of social media. What’ll happen this time round? I appreciate that many rational people have come to disapprove of Obama. Some may even vote for Romney and let the Tea Party – Akin et al – in through the back door. At which point, the new ‘religious doctors’ might change the law and legislate ‘legitimate rape’. But I have come across so much utter nonsense about Obama on the internet. Does it matter? Quite possibly. I came across this interesting story about Apple’s fictitious asymmetrical screw. It just goes to show how, in the internet age, fact and fiction seem to matter less, and opinion more. Felipe’s commenters are generally bright and seem to have cottoned on to the quality of his latest piece. But will American voters see through the rubbish that makes it’s way to their Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and forums? And that does, without any doubt, include the anti Romney rubbish.
*But perhaps not entirely surprising. Señor Felipe has long had trouble grasping the word ‘illegitimate’. Not so long ago he claimed 41% of US children are born to single mothers, and linked to the study to prove it. I slipped in an anonymous comment to point out that the article actually claimed that 41% of US children are born outside of marriage. Not to single mothers. It made clear that of that 41%, more than half those children were born into cohabiting two parent families.
A single mother and cohabiting two parent families aren’t one and the same thing, unless you’re writing out yourself a brand new dictionary and inventing new definitions. Felipe initially claimed that he, and others simply ‘read the report differently’ to me. I pointed out by email that we can differently interpret exactly what statistics mean. But the statistic itself is what it says on the tin. You either read it right, or you read it wrong. Felipe had read it wrong. My comment was deleted and the comments closed, presumably before anyone else noticed…