In Virginia, nighties excuse marital rape and anti-choice legislation creates jobs

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It’s no secret that a woman dressing all sexy-like is all it takes to negate a rape accusation. But just how sexy is all sexy-like? I don’t know for sure, but courtesy of Virginia state Senator Dick Black, we can guess that in marital rape it goes as far south as “flannel nightie.” In 2005, when Black was serving in the Virginia House of Delegates, he made a speech in which he said he “did not know how on earth you could validly get a conviction of a husband-wife rape, when they’re living together, sleeping in the same bed, she’s in a nightie, and so forth, there’s no injury, there’s no separation or anything.” His floor speech was delivered in response to a proposed bill that would strike language from Virginia’s definition of rape that excludes marital rape unless, at the time of the offense, the spouses were living separately and/or the rapist caused physical injury to the victim. . . .

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