“Missouri Women Standing With Todd Akin” Most Bizarre Thing To Come Out Of Completely Bizarre Akin Debacle
3:30 pm, October 8th | by Sarah Devlin
Here’s the most inexplicable line in a very strange Guardian story about a group of women coming together to support and defend Todd Akin:
Missouri Women Standing with Todd Akin (MWSTA) began with eight women in a suburban living room a month ago, and launched last Tuesday with a rally in Chesterfield in Akin’s St Louis congressional district, attended by 300 people.
From eight to three hundred. Did they…hear what he said? Apparently so:
[Akin supporter Kelly Burrell] was “heartbroken and completely frustrated” when she heard about Akin’s remarks back in August.
“What Todd meant and what he said I can’t know – but it is true that there have been instances of women claiming rape when they were not raped,” she said. “I don’t excuse his comment, but I also forgive him misspeaking. But he was demonised. Knowing him and knowing his two daughters, he absolutely has a heart for women. I know him and his family. You get a glimpse into someone’s soul. He is a man of principle, a man of faith.”
It is interesting that even Akin’s staunchest supporters still have to acknowledge just how wrong his “legitimate rape” argument was, even if they couch it in terms of Akin “misspeaking.” So it’s comforting that there isn’t a group called Missouri Women Who Truly Believe They Can ‘Shut That Whole Thing Down’ floating around out there. It’s also interesting that with so many women becoming politically active in response to issues like the contraception debate in Congress earlier this year, Susan G. Komen’s withdrawal of funding to Planned Parenthood and the so-called political “War On Women,” there’s also a demographic of conservative women who are becoming increasingly radicalized. They too believe that there’s a war on women, but it’s one one being waged through “pornography and abuse,” rather than increasingly restrictive federal policy.
That is their right, of course, but it’s not hard to wonder if these women are also being somewhat exploited by a party that needs to appear more friendly to female voters, since these Akin supporters seem dead set on voting against their own interests. After all, isn’t there another fiscal conservative they can throw their weight behind, who, in the words of another female Akin supporter, “votes the way I would. I believe in smaller government, and smaller spending. He is a fiscal conservative and doesn’t believe the government has a right to interfere in our healthcare” and who also doesn’t exhibit a truly stunning lack of knowledge about female biology?