Life, rape, duck vaginas and Todd Akin: A podcast with Jamelle Bouie and Pat Caldwell

By Megan Carpentier
Friday, August 24, 2012 12:03 EDT
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Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) apologizes for comments he made about "legitimate rape." Photo: Screenshot via YouTube.
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Yesterday, Jamelle Bouie and Pat Caldwell of The American Prospect invited me to do a podcast about Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) now-infamous “legitimate rape” comments. Among other things, we discuss how the conservatives like Akin and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) who want to eliminate abortion, limit or eliminate access to non-barrier birth control, keep women from getting the morning-after pill Plan B, teach abstinence-only sex education and define which rapes are “legitimate” in the eyes of the government aren’t trying to keep women from saying yes to sex. Instead, they’re trying to keep them from saying no to sex (and having it matter) and from saying no to the potential consequences of sex.

You can listen to and download it here.

Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
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