As Gail Collins explains, it’s rooted in a simpler time, when men were men and women were property.
But all that paled next to his anti-abortion disquisition during a recent TV interview. In very few words, Akin managed to make three points. One was that rape victims can’t get pregnant. This theory goes back to our forefathers, who believed that in order for our foremothers to conceive, “the womb must be in a state of delight.”
The idea never entirely faded away, possibly because it reflects so well on male lovemaking prowess. Since Akin’s debacle, we’ve learned that a former member of Congress once told the House Appropriations Committee that when people “are truly raped, the juices don’t flow, the body
don’t work and they don’t get pregnant.”