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AKIN: Kernel of truth in comment

Letter by Jesse B. Jolibois, Lakewood on Aug. 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm | 115 Comments »
August 22, 2012 12:52 pm

Re: “Akin’s ignorance puts focus on GOP’s ‘war on women’” (Eugene Robinson column, 8-21).

Everyone is running away from Todd Akin’s comment (that rape rarely leads to pregnancy), but it does contain a kernel of truth.

No one seems to recall that zoologist Desmond Morris made a similar point in his book, “The Naked Ape.” He thought that the evolution of intense emotional human pair bonding fostered modes of physical intimacy that enhanced the probability of fertilization, such as the couple lying together after copulation instead of the woman walking or running away.

Although it may not be germane to the right to life v. freedom of choice argument, Akin’s comment did not arise solely from benighted ignorance as Robinson and everyone else believes.

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