- Posted August 22, 2012 by
Muntinlupa City, Philippines
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On Rep. Akin’s Recent Chauvinist Remarks Regarding Rape
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
I decided to make a commentary on Rep. Akin’s recent chauvinist remarks regarding rape because I’m a feminist and I strongly believe in gender equality. Gender equality and women’s rights are global issues, hence I decided to comment on Rep. Akin’s recent chauvinist remarks regarding rape and a woman’s right to secure her own reproductive health. Rep. Todd Akin does have the right to continue his campaign of getting a seat in the senate. However, since the US has a two-party political system, Akin can be easily-pressured by the GOP to suspend his campaign for the senatorial race. It’s only in countries where there’s a multi-party political system that Rep. Akin can argue that he won’t be pressured to give up his campaign for a seat in the senate. The top leaders of the Republican Party can influence the party’s machinery in removing Akin’s name from the list of Republican candidates. Todd Akin doesn’t have many options in the November elections if he gets kicked out from the GOP. Rep. Todd Akin must issue a public apology for uttering chauvinist remarks on rape and on woman’s right to decide on matters pertaining to her reproductive health. Akin should do the public apology as soon as possible.
Todd Akin really has the right to go on with his quest of getting a seat in the senate, but the Republican Party certainly has the power to expel the congressman from its ranks. Todd Akin must sincerely apologize to the public for the rude comments that he made about rape and on a woman’s right to decide on matters concerning her own “reproductive health.” Elected public officials from the Free World should know that in a democracy the government and the citizenry uphold the idea that all humans were born equal and, also, have inherent human rights and civil liberties. Hence, gender equality is a recognized democratic principle in all throughout the Free World. There are still women in some parts of the world that are being treated as properties with limited rights. Congressman Akin’s comments on rape and regarding the woman’s right to protect and secure her own reproductive health are quite chauvinist and sexist. If you follow such line of argument, then theft or plunder would become legal in a democracy and women living in the Free World would be treated as machines with lesser rights than those of men.
Women are not properties that can be easily-sold into slavery or forced into a “loveless marriage.” A woman should marry the person she really loves! A woman is not a machine who will obey all of the man’s whims and caprices. She is a human being with a mind of her own! Both man and woman have human rights and civil liberties. Both man and woman have the same capabilities to be creative, ingenious, tough, courageous, righteous, merciful, strong and happy in this world of ours. Both man and woman have that same longing to be free and a lasting desire to enjoy all the basic “natural rights. “ In a democracy, a man and a woman have the same amount of human rights and civil liberties.