Thursday, October 15, 2009

This Week In Rape - Tiny Victory Edition

Remember my story last week about Al Franken's amendment to the military appropriations bill?

The I-Can't-Believe-We-Have-To-Make-A-Rule-For-This amendment?

One of the Republicans who voted in favor, Senator George LeMieux of Florida, had this to say: "I can't see in any circumstance that a woman who was a victim of sexual assault shouldn't have her right to go to court."

Right? Seems like a no-brainer. But here's the punchline: 30 Republicans voted against it. 30!

But it passed. So now military contractors that prevent their employees from seeking legal action in cases of on-the-job rape or assault won't get taxpayer money. Hooray!

And the Daily Show had a pretty decent piece about it. They did a good job of keeping things tasteful (though their graphic, "Rape Nuts" definitely crosses the line) and humorous, in the face of this awful situation, and the confusing Republican response.

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Anonymous said...

rape nuts are funny next to the republican confusion controversy. i guess we should be used to it by now?

Anglotastic said...

Wow. Every time I think it isn't possible to love Jon Stewart more, he ups the ante. The "rape-nuts" graphic made me uncomfortable...but that's what I lurve about The Daily Show. You have to be able to joke about it to confront it.