Todd Akin is not only insensitive toward women, but ignorant of basic biology. Fio wonders if he also thinks men have something in their sperm that can prevent them from fathering children if they don't want to be bothered with kids.
Holding women responsible for being raped is not new. Fiorella remembers her late mother-in-law telling her about learning that an employee of YWCA, where she used to swim, was unmarried and pregnant. "She was raped," the supervisor explained.
Mother-in-law was shocked and wasn't sure how to react. "My own mother would have crossed to the other side of the street if she saw someone like this," she told Fio.
But she thought the situation over, then went back to to the Y and asked the supervisor if she could donate some money to help the employee.
"She's okay financially," the supervisor told he. "What she really needs is supportive friends."
Good thing Todd Akin wasn't on the scene.