Mourdoch is not the first member of the GOP to drop the R-word this campaign season. First, we had Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin who said legitimate rape victims could get pregnant because ‘the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down.’ Then there was Iowa Representative and angry dinner roll Steve King, who said he’d never heard of a girl getting pregnant from statutory rape. Pennsylvania Senate candidate Tom Smith equated rape with out-of-wedlock pregnancy, and Wisconsin state representative Roger Rivard offered the sage advice that ‘Some girls, they rape so easy.’ What can you say? Some political careers, they end so quickly.
(TW: RAPE, VICTIM BLAMING). I think this is an example of a rape joke that does productive work in drawing attention to several pieces of rape culture rather than targeting victims as the butt of the joke.