Interview with my publisher

You’ve been raped more than once and been moved to write about it. How do you feel when men who hold public office assert that “life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen” or “legitimate rape rarely causes pregnancy”?

I think maybe what “God intended to happen” might actually be the outrageous statement by Mr. Mourdock. At a time when we are buried under a culture of lies, when so much is hidden, from tax returns to the names of the people and corporations that are trying to buy this country, he and his colleagues have revealed the truth. I thank him. If his statement had come out of nowhere it wouldn’t have been so dramatic but on top of Mr. Akin’s comments about “legitimate rape,” and how the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down, Paul Ryan’s “forcible rape” amendments in the House, and the Republican platform making abortion illegal even in cases of rape, incest or the life of the mother, not to mention all the vaginal ultra-sound business, I have to thank them for clarity. Continue reading