Pre-teen males have their own folk lore. My bunch in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, 11 to 13-year olds, talked about putting a “boner” into a girl.
“They all want you to do it,” said Buddy.
“What if you take a piss in there?” asked Georgie.
“Probably kill her,” answered Buddy.
Buddy, 13, was our voice of authority because he’d actually “done it” with Dorine, who was 14 and lived across the street. I could never look at Dorine without wondering what “it” was like.
In the army, my B-17 crew mates disclosed their own childhood beliefs. Ike, our navigator, laughingly said that as a kid in Rock Hill, SC, “We didn’t think women had to shit, They took chemicals.” Another was that rape wasn’t possible unless a woman “wants it,” especially if she was a virgin.
“Can you slip a hot dog into a roll that hasn’t been sliced?”
At a lecture for new recruits, a smart-ass young captain said, “Strive with all your might for virtue, but if rape is inevitable, lean back and enjoy it.” Got a laugh, but the idea that a woman can “enjoy” being raped is young male folk lore.
Todd Akin, mild as a muffin, speaking about pregnancies that result from rape, said: “It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Ignorant pap that he still believes! Disarmed by the friendly presence of fellow conservative, Mike Huckabee, Akin let it slip. His weak protest that he used the “wrong words” proves that he’s still in thrall to pernicious pre-adolescent notions, and the frantic screams that he step down come in the hope it will convince voters that no one else shares them. Which of course they do. That’s why Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and the other so-called social conservatives are so riled up.
Akin let the cat out of the bag.