Yesterday Missouri GOP U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin said that victims of “legitimate rape” do not get pregnant and that women have a biological defense that prevents them from becoming pregnant if raped. According to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 32,000 American women become pregnant each year after being raped.
This Suzanne Lacy was included in the recent “Under the Big Black Sun” exhibition at MOCA. Here’s the background information on the piece and project, via MOCA’s website:
“In May 1977, Suzanne Lacy organized an ‘expanded performance’ over the course of three weeks to raise awareness among Los Angeles inhabitants of the frequency of assaults on women citywide. The project opened on Mother’s Day, May 8, 1977, and included performances and installations as well as non-art events such as speeches, interviews, self-defense demonstrations, and speak-outs. On this map of Los Angeles, installed in the mall outside City Hall, Lacy stenciled the word ‘RAPE’ in red on the approximate locations attacks reported to police during the three weeks of the project. (At the close of Three Weeks in May, ninety rapes had been reported.) The artist later stated that ‘if rape was practically a household experience [she should] make its name a household word.’”
Readers are invited to suggest other art with which Rep. Akin should familiarize himself in the comments.