No excuses for survivors of “unplanned sexual events”

Baptists for Brownback get their Swift on.

Topics: Abortion, Broadsheet, Sam Brownback, R-Kan., Violence Against Women, Satire, Love and Sex,

The blog of a group calling itself Baptists for Brownback 2008 has launched a campaign called “Cry USE not RAPE.” Their manifesto: “We have concluded that the acronym U.S.E. (Unplanned Sexual Event), when used regularly to replace the word ‘rape,’ will remove the stigma associated with this sometimes unpleasant situation. It is our mission to protect the innocent lives of the babies that are part of His plan and eliminate the excuses given by many women when a precious baby just isn’t convienient [sic].”



Boy, could that Nebraska judge have used their help. Except, yeah, this is satire. (So, it seems, is this.) Sick genius satire, if you ask me: shades of Atwood and DeLillo (though here and there, I find it goes a bit too far). (Certain clued-out commenters don’t.) Like that Onion piece a while back, this one gets filed under funny scary.

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of BreakupGirl.net. She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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