Republican candidates made ignorant comments about women and rape

We’re Not Alone

During the campaign for November’s election two Republican candidates made ignorant comments about women and rape. It turns out they are not alone.

In Indonesia, a predominately Muslim country, justices for their Supreme Court are elected officials. Daming Sanusi, a candidate for this high office, made a statement insinuating that ‘victims of rape enjoy it’.

In response to a question about whether the death penalty should be applied in rape cases, Daming reportedly said, “Consideration needs to be taken thoroughly for the imposition of death penalty for a rapist because in a rape case both the rapist and the victim enjoy it.”

As was the case in the United States when Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin made their insensitive comments, women of Indonesia are furious. He apologized, stating that it was a bad joke, but Indonesian press reports the damage has been done.

The Republican Party has not come to the realization that women are nearing the majority in not only our country, but the world. As women gain more and more freedom throughout the planet, their increasing numbers, combined with their passion for change, are forcing what have been male dominated societies to change their positions and attitudes towards women.

I am a firm believer that in 2016 the United States will elect a woman president. As I said once before, my dream is that both party’s candidates would be women. Our country would have a different focus on many serious issues that congress‘s “little boys” treat as children’s games.

James Turnage
Columnist-The Guardian Express

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