When last we left the strangely popular field of pseudo-physiology and rape favored by wingnut commentators even their peers were begging them to STFU. Now this idiot judge in California wants you ladies to know that unless your vagina is shredded, it’s not real rape, or something:
CBS News — Johnson made the comments in the case of a man who threatened to mutilate the face and genitals of his ex-girlfriend with a heated screwdriver, beat her with a metal baton and made other violent threats before committing rape, forced oral copulation, and other crimes. … Johnson, a former prosecutor in the Orange County district attorney’s sex crimes unit, said during the man’s 2008 sentencing that he had seen violent cases on that unit in which women’s vaginas were “shredded” by rape.
“I’m not a gynecologist, but I can tell you something: If someone doesn’t want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down. The body will not permit that to happen unless a lot of damage is inflicted, and we heard nothing about that in this case,” Johnson said.
I too am not a gynecologist, and yet, somehow, it’s clear as a bell to me that rape does not have to involve ‘shredding a vagina’ to qualify, in fact it doesn’t even have to involve a vagina. Say for example, a rapist holding a gun to a person’s head and ordering them to endure or perform whatever act desired, or just cracking their skull with the gun butt. This clown almost certainly got this nonsense from somewhere other than legal theory or medical journals.
There’s a big contingent of fundamentalists in the US who fancy themselves pro life — as long as we’re talking about blastocysts anyway. They’ve created an entire shadow field of medicine not unlike the shadow geology and biology underlying Biblical literalism. In this authoritarion swamp there is no such thing as birth defects or complications that threaten the mother’s life, arguably their greatest success has been redefining the onset of preganancy, i.e., what many doctors define as implantation into the uterine lining, to mean fertilization, when Man’s divine magic sperm meets Eve’s slutty egg.
But the mad dash to equate microbes and humans hits an obstacle in the case of rape, so they’ve simply decided there is no such thing as a rape pregnancy. Todd Akin’s comments earlier this year came from that burgeoning pseudo-science. It’s not clear where this judge got his crazy notions from, but that same fevered swamp would be the first place I’d look.
The only good news in this debacle is the judge is getting his ass kicked by his fellow legal eagles. It’s still scary to think there could be many assholes like this sitting in judgement on cases involving rape, or anything else.