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There's Only One Way to Play 'Legitimate Rape': the Pinball Machine

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The Missouri goober who last year was leading a senate race against the incumbent until he decided to mouth off about his personal concept of "legitimate rape" has been immortalized by a pinball machine. In France. And in keeping with Todd Akin's dumbfuck worldview, it's ball out, every time.

You may recall that Akin was ahead of Claire McCaskill in August 2012 when he went on a public affairs show in St. Louis and decided there was some constituency of undecided women voters in that state who could be persuaded to cast a ballot for him because of this particular concept:

"First of all, 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."


Yeah, no. As a policy aim, attempted redefinitions of rape don't poll very well, regardless of political affiliation, and Akin's own party told him to GTFO the race, though he didn't. McCaskill went from being one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election to a winner with 54 percent of the vote.

That inspired French artist (and I'm gonna let those words twist for a long moment) Marie Busson to create this, "La Femme Flipper ... en Réponse à Tod Akin." It's a pinball machine in which the plunger, placed between a representation of a woman's legs, aims the ball at a set of flippers that block its entry into the womb. Hence the means of shutting that whole thing down. Todd Akin may not be in office, but he can spin his propeller beanie and play this pinball machine all day long and feel better about hisself.


Todd Akin's "Legitimate Rape" Quote Has Inspired a Pinball Game In France (PHOTOS) [Riverfront Times]

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