Todd Akin

Yay! Obama won big last night. So, how’d all those GOP rape apologist candidates do?

We know Obama won big last night, and that the election just may have come down to female voters (who somehow seem to have a way of shutting that whole thing down). So how did all those GOP rape apologist candidates do? A summary below.

Todd “the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down” Akin

Background: Todd Akin is a [white male] Republican Rep. who was running for Senate against the incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

Offenses: Oh, where to begin. This summer, Rep. Akin expressed his belief that a woman cannot get pregnant from “legitimate rape” because “the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.” Then, just when it seemed unlikely that anyone could top such a stunning display of ignorance about how women, their bodies, and pregnancy works, a video back from 2008 was uncovered in which he displays mind-numbing ignorance on how an abortion works too. Perhaps most importantly, it’s not just his words, but his actions, that show how really anti-woman he is.

So how’d he do? Akin earned himself a Big Fat Loss last night, one that can only be described as “legitimate” if you go by the snarky headlines this morning. Many are already explicitly blaming his anti-woman rhetoric for the loss.

Richard “it’s something God intended” Mourdock

Background: Richard Mourdock is a [white male] Republican and Tea Party favorite who was running for an Indiana Senate seat against Representative Joe Donnelly, a three-term Democrat.

Offenses: Mourdock made a big splash last Tuesday when the Romney-backed candidate was asked whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest. His reply? When a woman is impregnated during a rape “it’s something God intended”. (It’s worth noting that as infuriating as this is, it’s nothing we haven’t heard before.) After unsuccessfully trying to backpeddle , he forced Mitt Romney to clarify that he ‘disagrees’ with Mourdock’s comments, but would still stand by him as a candidate and would not pull his endorsement ads

So how’d he do? Mourdock lost (starting to see a pattern here?). The NY Times has the chairman of the state Democratic Party quoted as saying “The rape comment was the confirmation in the race, not the game changer,” but that it confirmed how out-of-step Mourdock was.

Roger “some girls rape easy” Rivard

Background: [White male] Wisconsin state Rep. Roger Rivard was elected in 2010 to the 75th Assembly District seat in Wisconsin. He was running for re-election against Democrat Steven Smith, a businessman from Shell Lake, and had earned the endorsement of Paul Ryan among others.

Offense: Last year, Rivard told a newspaper, in the context of discussing the case of a teenager charged with sexual assault after having sex with an underage girl, that his father always used to tell him that “some girls rape easy.” While horribly offensive as a standalone, he then chose to elaborate on his views in an interview with the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. While he attempted to make the case that his comments were take out of context, Maya broke down the countless and infuriating ways he dug himself into an even deeper hole just weeks before the election.

So how’d he do? Capping off the losing streak of these candidates, Rivard didn’t find winning re-election quite as easy as he finds how easily “girls rape”. Smith defeated Rivard 14,361 to 13,799 to capture the seat.

Bryce Covert has more at the Nation on just how hard misogyny went down in defeat last night. Check it out!



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Lori Adelman started blogging with Feministing in 2008, and now runs partnerships and strategy as a co-Executive Director. She is also the Director of Youth Engagement at Women Deliver, where she promotes meaningful youth engagement in international development efforts, including through running the award-winning Women Deliver Young Leaders Program. Lori was formerly the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and has also worked at the United Nations Foundation on the Secretary-General's flagship Every Woman Every Child initiative, and at the International Women’s Health Coalition and Human Rights Watch. As a leading voice on women’s rights issues, Lori frequently consults, speaks and publishes on feminism, activism and movement-building. A graduate of Harvard University, Lori has been named to The Root 100 list of the most influential African Americans in the United States, and to Forbes Magazine‘s list of the “30 Under 30” successful mediamakers. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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