I am sure that by now you have all heard the statement by one of our current political candidates on what “legitimate rape” is. When I heard his quote, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down”, I was dumbfounded. I wish I had one of those TV’s that lets you rewind for moments when something is so unbelievable that you MUST have heard it wrong. Just when I thought it was time to celebrate how women are finally being respected and understood something such as this is said that sets us back again. We have a lot more work than I thought we had before, as clearly we have traveled back in time when it comes to some men’s outlook on women.
A woman is raped every two minutes all around America. Think of how many women he made a mockery of when he said this. While researching the “legitimate rape” case, I found that a lot of religious advocates, along with others are siding with him and his belief on how if it is “legitimate rape” the female body will not become impregnated. This leads to people not believing a woman when she tell them that she got pregnant from being a rape victim. The more people that believe this, the more reason there will be to go through with cutting funding on certain charities and nonprofit organizations.
In comparison to my last blog entry, I saw little difference in student’s responses to voting in this election. I asked ten students the simple question of: Are you voting in the presidential election? In my hands I held a fresh notepad and a black pen, ready to fill up the pages. In response I got three I don’t knows, one sure, one probably not, and five definitely’s…as they were walking by. How do I stress the importance of voting and gaining an understanding of what is happening in our country all while not being too in your face, but also making it important enough for them to stop and give me some real answers? Sounds exhausting. But don’t worry; I will come up with a new strategy to get students on board and educated on the election! I think. I hope. The educating continues as I wait for the fun celebrating part.
Kelsey McMeans, AWP Intern