nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

One more creepy Napoli implication

Bill Napoli, state senator from South Dakota gives an example of justifiable abortion:
A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life.

Any number of people have pointed out how very few women meet those specs, and how irrelevent they are to whether a rape matters. However, there's one which I don't think has been underlined enough. Napoli apparently thinks that just being married is enough to make getting raped less serious.

misia has a book in the pipeline about the weirdnesses around the idea of virginity, and the sooner it comes out, the better.

NonObligatorySFreference: Somewhere in T.H. White's Arthurian books, one of the knights has to choose between saving a virgin and saving his brother. It's a test, and he passes it by saving the virgin, who is assumed to be sinless or better or something. Anyone have the actual quote handy?

Random thought, even at the risk of hijacking the discussion: Napoli's statement (though not his way of thinking) is a side effect of the sexual revolution. There was a time when no one said things like "sodomized as bad as you can make it" in public.

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