When Stupid People Say Stupid Things
While we live in an age of “the normalization of formerly reactionary beliefs” it’s good to see that some idiocies are still beyond the pale.
So, for example, in the last 36 hours:
CNN’s Piers Morgan calls Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin a “gutless little twerp” after Akin backs out of a scheduled interview.
Both National Review and The Wall Street Journal editorial boards say Akins should step aside.
The Republican establishment and its media allies call on Akins to do the same.
An the Onion chimes in as only the Onion can do by penning an opinion piece in the congressman’s name:
As a politician, I often find myself in situations where, unfortunately, I express a certain thought or idea poorly, or find my words taken out of context. Indeed, that is what happened this weekend. Upon reviewing the impromptu remarks I made Sunday afternoon, I can now see that I used the wrong words in the wrong way. I would now like to set the record straight with the American people and clear up some confusion about what it was I intended to convey.
You see, what I said was, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” But what I meant to say was, “I am a worthless, moronic sack of shit and an utterly irredeemable human being who needs to shut up and go away forever.”
Interestingly, the Guardian comes through with an explainer about where the idea that women cannot get pregnant from getting raped.
Turns out it comes from a 13th century British legal text called Fleta. It was believed at the time that the pregnancy could only occur with an orgasm. Therefore, the thinking went, if the woman became pregnant it’s because she orgasmed which means she enjoyed it.
QED: There was no rape.
Image: Tom Toles, via the Washington Post.
I take my opinion from experience.