Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Question for the Candidate

Young friend showed up at door
soaking wet with rain and tears.
took an hour before she told me.
She invited him in but just expected
to watch a movie but he was big
and wouldn't take no for an answer
and could she call it rape because
she'd invited him into her room.

So Mr.Akin , if that had been
your daughter, what would you
tell her about legitimate rape?

When is rape legitimate?
Only when the woman is sober
and doesn't know the man's name
when he's homeless and she's rich.
When she's old , fat, ugly, a nun.

When is rape legitimate?
Not if she's young and hot
and was wearing heels on the street
Definitely not if she wanted the first kiss.
Never if she's been drinking with friends

When is rape legitimate?
Women are just asking for it after all.
We don't know our own minds,
are cock teases, secret masochists,
need to be taught what we really want.

When is rape legitimate?
How would you answer Mr. Akin
if the woman was your daughter?.


  1. Good poem on a current situation, Victoria. He REALLY needs to step down.

    1. Yes, he needs to step down, but I realised as i wrote that my poem and strong feelings are about more than this man and his comment. I think he expressed sometning many Americans still feel about the "she asked for it" nature of many rapes. That's mostly what I want to fight with this poem.

  2. Powerful poem, Victoria. You definitely got your point across re Akins and also in a universal way.

  3. So powerful and disgusting to be thought of in that way. I like the truth of this and wonder when rape is legitimate, too. Someone has to be off their rocker to think like this. Makes me so angry.