Seattle SlutWalk 2012: 5 Insane Rape Quotes You May Have Missed

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The 2012 SlutWalk will be upon us this weekend (Sunday, Westlake Park, noon). Sadly, for an event that endeavors to end victim-blaming in rape, the timing couldn't be better, given the torrent of filthy things that have fallen out of politicians' mouths lately.

As one SlutWalk organizer put it to me this weekend in an email:

"What makes the remarks from Rep. Todd Akin and his ilk so damaging is that these are not fringe views. The idea that there is such a thing as "legitimate rape" is common. Survivors of rape are told all the time that their rape was illegitimate because of how they acted, how they dressed, their sexual history, their history with the perpetrator, whether they engage in sex work, if they reported their rape to the police, if their rape was violent, and so on. Victims are blamed for the violence committed against them and told that their rape didn't count as rape for innumerable reasons. This is a rare occasion in which the public is actually having a conversation about victim-blaming. SlutWalk is here to make sure that conversation continues."

Of course, she's referring to the widely circulated comment from Akin that, in the case of a "legitimate rape," the female body can intuitively prevent a pregnancy from taking hold. But as she suggests, Akin is hardly the first politico to make in-apropos comments about rape. Here is an international smattering of insane things said about rape you may have missed:

1. Bad sexual etiquette, but not rape

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"Some people believe that when you go to bed with somebody, take off your clothes, and have sex with them and then fall asleep, you're already in the sex game with them. It might be really bad manners not to have tapped her on the shoulder and said: 'Do you mind if I do it again?' It might be really sordid and bad sexual etiquette, but whatever else it is, it is not rape, or you bankrupt the term rape of all meaning."

George Galloway, member of the British parliament, on why the rape charges that Julian Assange faces in Sweden are bogus.

Remember, the Seattle SlutWalk, an event aimed at stamping out victim-blaming in rape, is being held this Sunday.

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2. No worries, ladies.

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After a woman is raped, "the chance of pregnancy is very small." Kees Van Der Staaij, Dutch member of parliament.

Remember, the Seattle SlutWalk, an event aimed at stamping out victim-blaming in rape, is being held this Sunday.

3. It's just the man's nature

"For many thousands of years, the Negro could chill out in the heat, eat some bananas, rape some passing woman or child, fight with other negro males and eat them up, play the drums a little, run around a bit, catch an antelope, eat a few bananas, fuck a bit, get drunk on fermented fruits or herbs, and so on."

Sweden Democratic politicians Per T K Wahlberg

Remember, the Seattle SlutWalk, an event aimed at stamping out victim-blaming in rape, is being held this Sunday.

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4. But did he really have to force you?

"If the pregnancy occurred because the pregnant female was the subject of an act of forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest." Bill language from the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, co-sponsored by Washington's own Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (plus vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan.) The language of the bill, recently amended, has come under criticism for seeminly drawing a distinction between "forcible rape" and some other, er, non-forced kind.

Remember, the Seattle SlutWalk, an event aimed at stamping out victim-blaming in rape, is being held this Sunday.

5. One of many methods, but a method nonetheless

"I'm very proud of my pro-life record, and I've always adopted the idea that, the position that the method of conception doesn't change the definition of life." Paul Ryan, when asked about abortion in cases of rape. Criticized for referring to rape as a "method of conception."

Remember, the Seattle SlutWalk, an event aimed at stamping out victim-blaming in rape, is being held this Sunday.

 
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