The Left’s Version of ‘Legitimate Rape’

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The progressives have picked a spectacularly bad time to attack Republicans over insensitivity to rape. While the left continues its obsession with Todd Akin, its own hero, Julian Assange, is doing his best to avoid being extradited to Sweden to face rape charges.

The leading lights of the left have contributed to Assange’s defense fund and paid for his bail; which enabled him to flee prosecution and seek asylum in Ecuador’s embassy in London. Assange’s escape was made possible by bail money from leftist director Ken Loach, leftist socialite Jemima Khan and Maxim publisher Felix Dennis.

With the Assange case, the left has shown that it has its own version of legitimate rape. Prominent progressives have ridiculed Assange’s victims and claimed that the assaults on them did not constitute legitimate rape. Or as Whoopi Goldberg once put it, “rape-rape.”

Michael Moore, discussing the case where Assange raped a sleeping woman, told the BBC that the assault was only a “so-called crime” and suggested that it “wouldn’t actually be a crime if it was committed in Britain.” Moore has shown his faith in Assange’s legitimate rape by donating $20,000 to Assange’s defense fund.

Recently Michael Moore teamed up with Oliver “Hitler was misunderstood” Stone to write a New York Times editorial that claimed Ecuador’s refusal to hand over a rape suspect was “in accordance with important principles of international human rights” and ladled on conspiracy theories to avoid dealing with the fact that the left had chosen to back a progressive rapist over his victims.

Keith Olbermann went even further than Moore, retweeting a link from Bianca Jagger to an article written by a neo-Nazi Holocaust denier that named Assange’s victims and accused them of working for the CIA. UK Left-wing activist Craig Murray named one of the victims, prefacing his statement by saying, “Let us look at the conduct of these women.”

Daniel Ellsberg, of Pentagon Papers fame, branded the rape charges false and slanderous. Naomi Wolf suggested that Assange’s accusers don’t deserve to have their anonymity protected by rape shield laws and accused them of “using feminist-inspired rhetoric and law to assuage what appears to be personal injured feelings.”

George Galloway, who became a hero to the American left for his defense of Saddam Hussein, said that even if the two women were telling the truth, the only thing that Assange was really guilty of was “bad sexual etiquette.” Galloway is currently a part-time Muslim and it is hard to say whether his notion that rape is just “bad sexual etiquette” is rooted in him being a bad human being or in the pages of the Koran.

Ecuador’s leftist leader Rafael Correa echoed Galloway, saying that “the case would not in his view constitute criminal behavior in Latin America.” That might explain why over half of Ecuador’s schoolgirls have reported experiencing sexual abuse in schools. It might also explain why Daniel Camargo Barbosa, one of the worst rapists and serial killers in history, chose, like Assange, to escape to Ecuador and was able to kill 71 girls there in two years.

Domestic abuse and sexual assault are commonplace in Ecuador and most rapes go unreported. That, along with its left-wing government, makes Ecuador a natural destination of choice for Julian Assange. And the horrors in Ecuador have not stopped the left from holding a vigil outside Ecuador’s embassy in support of Assange and Ecuador’s leftist regime.

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  • Chezwick

    Sorry Daniel, two wrongs don't make a right. Akins' statement was one of the most ignorant and asinine I've ever heard a politician offer. That fact that he's in the middle of a campaign for public office…and is THAT clueless about the use of language….and about the issue of rape itself….shouts out to us that he's a disaster and a loser determined to drag the Republican Party down with him.

    Akins is the poster-boy of the so-called Republican "war on women." It's a fallacy contrived by Dems to distract voters from the REAL issues – dangerously high levels of debt and economic under-performance…but he has single-handedly given the narrative legs. If he had an ounce of integrity, he'd withdraw and leave the field to a Republican who stood a chance. With all the talk about Ohio, it should be noted we can't win without Missouri.

    • daniwitz13

      My reply to you is to only look at the statistics and data on raped Woman getting pregnant. It is low and rare. He did NOT say it does not happen, only that it rarely occurs. Problem is that you can't handle the truth. Pity.

      • Chezwick

        OK friend….Akins' statement was a brilliant analysis, beautifully articulated, and a fine example of political astuteness.


      • Karen Brown

        Actually, the reverse. Rape is one sex act, and the statistics of getting pregnant from any one sex act is around 5 percent, but the percentage from rape is 7 percent. It is actually HIGHER. Not exactly one in a million, that means out of every hundred rapes, 7 women will become pregnant.

        • TheGimp

          Is rapist's sperm more potent?

    • Tired_of_Liberals

      If that statement was one of the most ignorant and asinine that you've heard from a politician you don't get out very much. I've read and re-read that statement and the left (and you, whatever political stripe you are) are just so eager to misinterpret it that you all are falling all over yourselves to denounce Akin and,of course, in the process the Republican party and all it's alleged neanderthals.

      • Chezwick

        By the all means, the statement was eminently reasonable….(and pigs can fly!!!)

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I think Akin should leave, but that's not my point. My point is that the left doesn't just talk about legitimate rape, it practices it.

      • Chezwick

        No argument Daniel…..the hypocrisy of the Left knows no bounds. All we need do is to recall how Gloria Steinem, that beacon of feminist empowerment, dismissed Bill Clinton's assault of Kathleen Willey as a "clumsy pass").

        I should have made my comment without addressing you personally because you certainly made no defense of Akins in your article. But as you can readily derive from some of the responses above, hypocrisy and prevarication are – sadly – pathologies that are not exclusive to the Left.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Human flaws are in humans of all flanks and stripes.

      • trickyblain

        Wow. What an unbelievably idiotic "point." The "left" is a rapist? Considering that the "left" is not a physical entity, "it" cannot commit physical attacks on folks. An individual is responsible for his actions, unless that individual disagrees with you politically. Then smear anyone who shares — to any extent — his political outlook as rapists.

        Of course if you are a fair-minded individual who truly practices this brand of collectivist group-think, you are just fine with a political opponent using the same tactic to claim that "rightists" practice mass-murder (Brevik, Wisconsin "oops, thought you guys were Muslims" shooter). Of course — while you'll get some morons shouting along in agreement — that is dishonest. How is your argument better?

        • Daniel Greenfield

          When the left gathers around to defend an individual rapist and his excuse his actions as not really being rape, then the left is demonstrating its own rape culture.

          The right has not defended Breivik or helped him escape prison. The left has done that for Assange.

          • trickyblain

            By your standards I am part of the left. I feel, as does our "leftist" president, that Assange should be prosecuted for a plethora of offenses — rape included. You apply the fringe to the whole; the "left" isn't gathering around anyone. Jokes Moore and Occupy leadership are.

            Brevik, meanwhile, has been hailed as a "hero" and a modern Martel on these very FPM message boards by a few of the resident fringe cases. But is it reasonable to transfer these fringes to the whole right? Of course not.

            Your "rape culture" theory would be ridiculed by any serious political organization — left or right.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            You're a foot soldier of the left. You're not a major figure on the left. The left is already the fringe and claiming that Michael Moore, the chief propagandist of the left, is some minor figure, is silly. So is claiming the same of OWS, the erstwhile media created heroes. Or trying to claim that Michael Moore and Noami Wolf are the equivalent of some anonymous commenters.

          • trickyblain

            I'm not anyone's foot soldier (unless I were called upon by my country). Especially for silly, divisive notions of left and right, such as those put forth by this website and its leftwing brethren. They only serve to turn political dialogue into a prolonged, extra-stupidified WWE match ("my side=good/other side=evil). Anyone with any real political knowledge knows much better.

            You are free to think Moore is widely revered by the mainstream left. Statistically speaking, however, you are flat wrong.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Yes Moore's string of bestsellers and movies testify to how marginal he is on the left.

          • trickyblain

            He's a fine propagandist. As far as appearance in movies, my favorite is "Team America."

            Is Mike Savage fringe? He's one of the most popular voices on radio, which by your apparent definition (cult popularity) means he's not.. Should I listen and say, "gee, that young(?) talented writer Daniel Greenfield buys into this guy's every utterance because he is on the right"?

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Moore is as fringe as Limbaugh. And if prominent conservatives decided to spend their time defending a rapist, then you might have a point.

          • trickyblain

            Both are disgustingly grotesque examples of the human form — but Moore has a 200+million contract for his daily radio show?

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Farenheit 9/11 had a domestic gross of 119 million dollars.

          • AK78

            Mr. Greenfield, your patience is truly admirable, but you're wasting your time trying to convince these moral relativists. Keep up the great work.

      • Andy

        Your point is well taken but Akin has damaged the Republican cause and should be locked up in an asylum.

  • Roger

    Does Assange have the ambassador's wife sleep in the next room?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      More likely in the next country.

      • Vanessa

        Why do you assume the ambassador is a man? The ambassador is a woman.

  • Theophilus

    It is a shame that we strive so valiantly to divide humanity into right and left views and equating those views with right and wrong–good and evil. The only good that matters is to love God and love others. I cannot help feeling that those who drive the entire right vs. left debate, on both sides, are actually just about serving themselves and their personal desires. The heart in submission to God–what a rare thing indeed.

    • Andy

      Akin's comment has little to do with left and right but more with idiocy versus sanity.

  • ★FALCON★

    The left thoroughly discredited itself on rape issues / victim's rights when they allowed Whoopi Goldberg to claim it wasn't rape rape.

    Another point – the left's entire mantra has been to create more victims which they then promptly exploit for political purposes then quickly toss in the trash once the issue fades away.

    Case closed.

    • Guest


      IMHO, The left and the feminists-Gloria Steinhem lost credibility 20 years ago when they came out in defense of Bill Clinton and used the media as a one way platform two attack the women who claimed they did not like his sexual advances.

  • Anonymouse

    Damnit, Daniel. The last thing I want right now is to find myself (largely) agreeing with a right-winger on this one! It's been literally nauseating to hear so many of my erstwhile allies virulently jump on the "no means yes, sleep means yes, force means foreplay, rape accusations means jealousy or liars, a lack of instantaneously-coming-to-terms-with-what-happened equals consent" bandwagon here. And I know a lot of people use the word "literally" to mean "figuratively", but I honestly mean "literally" here; I've even lost sleep over it. When you read off what should be to any rational human being an unquestionably sickening description of a rape from the charges and the person responds that it's just "night moves" or "gentle caresses" or "foreplay" or whatnot… not just denying the charges, but *excusing* them, simply because they like the guy… ugh, I hate thinking about it.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      It shows that they place their support for Assange's undermining the War on Terror above their supposed concern for women's rights.

      • trickyblain

        By "they" you mean Michael Moore and the Occupy movement. A tiny, tiny fragment of the left. Or is ok to group you and David Duke together on every issue because you both call yourself conservatives?

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Really OWS is a tiny fringe of the left? Funny it didn't look like that until recently when they became an embarrassment. And Moore was and is the Leni Riefenstahl of the left who was a guest of honor at the DNC convention.

          • trickyblain

            Fringes tend to ultimately be an embarrassment — Sheehan, Moore, D'Souza, Occupy, Tea Party. Yes, they get popular when new and shiny, but statistically speaking, ultimately represent a small fraction of respective political parties.

            And, of course, the right has a movie out that is the exact mirror image of "Fahrenheit 911" — "2016." But that Riefenstahlian propaganda is ok because you agree with it, right?

          • Daniel Greenfield

            The Tea Party isn't a fringe. Neither is OWS. I don't recall D'Souza helping a rapist escape custody while claiming that rape isn't a crime.

            Exact mirror image? I didn't notice 2016 exploiting 9/11 or being quoted by Osama Bin Laden.

          • trickyblain

            That's because, thanks to our fine Special Forces and decisive leadership on the part of our President, he's dead. 2016 would be a treasure trove of quotes for UBL were he alive. Sheesh, it's one of the most anti-American movies ever made!

            I can see the California Capitol grounds from my office (sorry if that sounds Palinesque). Both the TP and OWS hold events there quite often. Care to take a gander of the percentage of voting residents attending these functions? What percentage does something need to not be considered "fringe"? 0.2? 0.3?

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Well wait around for an Al Qaeda or Taliban leader to include anything from 2016 in his next communique.

          • trickyblain

            You'd be surprised?

            Wait around and see how much folks are talking about the TP and OWS in three years.

  • BS77

    Please….no more photos of M Moore….I almost had to hurl after breakfast. Also , isn't the key note speaker at the Democrat Convention ….well, never mind.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I sympathize.

  • @Brian_R_Allen

    Why not say it: The recidivist treasonous lying looting thieving mass-murdering perjurious perjury-suborning civil-rights-denying impeached disbarred predatory co-serial-rapist Billy-Bubbah Blythe ("Cli'ton") has a decades-long track-record of being credibly accused of serial serious sexual crimes. And for one of them, was sent down from Oxford!

    Or do the facts that Mr Bush reinstated him to a degree of respectability within the Oligarchy and that he gets a gig at the "Democratic" potty's carnal-val, place him above reproach.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I did mention it briefly.

  • g_jochnowitz

    When all is said and done, the Republicans are the pro-crime party. Since taxation is the meaning of evil for Republicans, we have to get rid of costly police departments, especially in cities with lots of crime, like Camden.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Ah, I had forgotten that the ACLU was a branch of the Republican Party.

    • pagegl

      Correlation does not imply causation; your reasoning to suggest the right is pro-crime exhibits some really tortured logic.

      • g_jochnowitz

        Neither the Right nor the Left supports the idea of crime. Both, however, pursue policies that enable criminals to function more effectively.

    • wsk

      Mucking foron!

      • g_jochnowitz

        Politeness costs nothing and wins everything.

    • skeptiktank

      I agree we should get rid of costly police depts, or at least cut them to a skeleton crew. Then, and only then, will the public demand that criminals be kept in jail. Crime is a judicial problem, not a policing problem.

      • g_jochnowitz

        Without police, criminals won't be caught. If they're not caught, they won't be jailed. That will save loads of money. It will also enable criminals to pursue their goals, which will make crime an aspect of free enterprise.

        • skeptiktank

          They would be caught….by a p…d off and heavily armed citizenry. And, once that was understood, there would be far fewer people venturing into crime to begin with.

          • g_jochnowitz

            That would change the United States from a land of law and order to a collection of battling armed clans–like Somalia.
            We have been a free, wealthy, and rich country for most of our history. That is because of the Constitution and our government.
            Of course, when Jesus said "Render unto Caesar," he meant, "Thou shalt not raise taxes under any circumstances whatsoever," as anyone with faith will tell you.
            Islam is trying to teach the world what blind faith means. Nobody is learning.
            In the late 1940s and 1950s, the tax rate for the highest income bracket was over 90%. That was a period of growth and prosperity.

          • Van Grungy

            That was a period when America had a monopoly on production because THE REST OF THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD HAD BEEN BOMBED TO RUBBLE

            since you forgot to mention that fact I thought it should be said

          • g_jochnowitz

            In response to the destruction of the rest of the industrialized world, the United States enacted the Marshall Plan, also known as the European Recovery Program. We donated tons of money (stolen from unwilling citizens through the horror of taxation) to European countries. By doing so, we discouraged Europeans from considering the possibility of becoming Communist. We also fought the Korean war starting in 1950. Had we not done so, all of Korea would be as horrible and threatening a dictatorship as North Korea is today.
            Radical Islam today is even crazier than Communism was under Stalin. We need to support our government.

  • g_jochnowitz

    Extremes meet. The Left is the Right. That's why the Marxist-Islamic Alliance exists.

  • cjk

    Akin simply didn't explain what he meant to say and used the wrong words to begin with. He was speaking of the accusation rather than the action. He was talking in the context of a woman alleging rape in order to get an abortion and we all know that woman never allege rape for any reason, right??
    Those who are oh so outraged by a poor choice of words by Akin, and errant communication of his thoughts are either stupid or disingenuous in their criticism or maybe just haven't thought it through which might qualify under the stupid category.
    The real disgust is seeing how many fellow republicans jump and sing to the hypocritical demonrat/MSM tune.
    Funny how a probable bona fide rapist (BJ Clinton) is a star amongst those despicable creeps.

    • JacquesShellaque

      Akin's poor choice of words is inexcusable because it shows he is willing to speak off the cuff without proper preparation on a sensitive subject at a time when mistakes can make the difference in what is widely believed to be the most important election in America's history. Through his overconfidence and hubris, he single-handedly rendered believable the left's rhetoric about the "war on women", which was up till then going nowhere. He instantly inverted the polls and made himself a loser vis-à-vis Claire McCaskill, whom he had been leading handsomely in the polls.

      Romney correctly understood that he had no other choice but to disavow him for fear of having the entire Republican Party tainted by his words or perceived to tacitly or secretly agree with them. His bungling apologies were poorly communicated and therefore ineffective and unconvincing. Who knows what other damaging declarations he can come out with in the elections. He should understand that the only right response is to pull out of the race. Now is not amateur hour and certainly not a time to put one's ambitions ahead of the future of the United States of America… and the world.

      • cjk

        If a poor choice of words and not TRUTH are the principles we will live by than we are indeed finished.
        If that is the standard then the demonrat/MSM alliance can and will destroy anyone they please.
        I would rather go down fighting with my integrity than compromise with those despicable hypocrites and slowly become just as they are.

  • tagalog

    Well, I'm sure it's perfectly logical and explainable why it's OK to the Left to abort a pregnancy caused by rape, thus murdering the unborn child, while at the same time holding out for a prison sentence instead of the death penalty for the rapist.

    I patiently await the explanation of this conceptual disjunction. No doubt it will come, someday…

  • Ghostwriter

    Look. Akin's comments were vile and they should be condemned,but I'm not blaming the entire Republican party for the idiotic ramblings of one of it's members. But,why is the left so intent on defending Assange? He's not only been accused of putting American lives in danger with his leaks,but he also has been charged with rape in Sweden. If the left wanted to prove it cared about women,it would tell Assange to return to Sweden and sort the whole matter out instead of encouraging him to hide out in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Supporting Muslim terrorists is the left's big priority. Bigger than anything else, including rape victims.

      • George Jochnowitz

        You’re right. Anti-Zionism is the raison d’etre of the Left. That’s what led to the Marxist-Islamic Alliance.

        To an extent, we live in a post-Jewish, post-Christian world, since the Talmud and the Enlightenment have stopped us from executing witches and from taking our sons to be stoned if they’re gluttons. The only two doctrines today that are accepted with absolute blind faith are Marxism and Islam.

  • Marvin E. Fox

    The loudest voices heard in our Republic are presently the voices of the Left. They have built a coalition of the wrong that has become, if not very powerful, certainly very loud. Its false appearance of being an overwhelming force is amplified by those who are willing to vent their acceptance of all other wrongs to assure the Left Wing's common support for each wrong. The Left's abortion program becomes a Constitutional right; along with same sex marriages, the Left Wing's interpretation of our 1st Amendment freedom of Religion as the separation of church and state, and I am sure of the many additions others would make to this list leaves no need for me to continue it.
    I believe the American people are becoming, daily, more aware of these problems and are beginning to fight back. Articles such as Frontpagemag's "The Left's Version of Legitimate Rape" is a big help.
    Marvin E. Fox


    Face it !!! Leftism defines HYPOCRISY !

  • dubrovnov

    Todd Akin's comment was unbelievably stupid, not evil. For that, he has become an extreme liability to The Republican Party's 2012 election hopes. His candidacy should not be about his personal ambitions, but apparently that is what is foremost as exhibited by his stubborn behavior to remain in the race. He does not seem to realize, or perhaps does not care, that he is expendable and should gracefully drop out. He can always run again another time in the future.

  • polnick

    This proposal will get Romney votes. Welfare eligibility should be based on the willingness of the recipient to have her tubes tied; dead beat dads must be cuffed, pulled into a doctor’s office and forced to have a vasectomy. Both processes are reversible but pricey. This suggestion will lower taxes, but greedy churches and poverty p-imps stand in the way.

  • kafir4life

    Imagine what a wonderful world it would be had Stanley Ann Dunham had available and availed herself of the reproductive rights in afforded women today back in 1961.

    • Van Grungy

      then Shillery Clinton would be President and she's as vile an Alinskyite as Obama