Sometimes, Pinterest can seem like a glimpse into the Bible Belt’s subconscious; the social platform definitely tilts right politically and socially. Pro-life, anti-Obama and camo wedding pins abound. With all the abstinence-only education pins, I thought the conservative communities on Pinterest would rejoice at the publicity around one of their own.
However, Todd Akin’s recent remarks on rape–generally in sync with the GOP’s anti-abortion platform–brought out an unexpected burst of anti-Republican vitriol. Yes, vitriol. Clearly, I’ve spent too much time watching election coverage.
Most pinners are aware of the three solid methods of birth control:
Todd Akin, Republican Senate nominee and member of the House Science, Space and Technology committee (yes, really), believes all three methods are superfluous. The most effective form of birth control? Women can shut down pregnancies through sheer force of will!
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” – Todd Akin
As opposed to an illegitimate rape, through which women get pregnant (serve them right!).
The people of Pinterest, like most people who possess even the slightest understanding of human reproduction, disagreed.
You can even purchase a legitimate rape kit inspired by Todd.
Under Todd Akin and the GOP’s planned health care cuts, however, this would probably be closer to the actual cost of a rape kit for women without health insurance–up to $4,570. Should bring the number of reported rapes down! Akin: tough on crime.
What happened to the brave few pro-Akin pinners?