LETTER: Opinion Shaper on target about Akin

2012-08-29T00:01:00Z 2012-08-29T15:21:44Z LETTER: Opinion Shaper on target about Akin stltoday.com
August 29, 2012 12:01 am

To the editor:

I couldn't agree more with Charles Unger's column (Aug. 29) regarding Todd Akin's careless, but revealing comments last week. The only point that I think needs addressing is one I haven't heard much about, and one that was reflected in his subsequent attempts at "clarifying" his original comments. That is, he seems to also mean by "legitimate" that women are prone to lying about being raped. As if the rape is illegitimate because it never happened. This, too, is a long held belief: That women frequently lie about being raped as a way to get men in trouble. The fundamental veracity of women is called into question. Whereas men must always be truthful, right?

Joan Offner

Middletown, Conn.

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