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For years, Susan lived with a hyperawareness of her surroundings, an obsession with safety. A slamming door would bring her back to the sound of the gunshot and that fetid crawl space. She would wake from a nightmare, heart pounding, listening for unexpected sounds in the house.
In the flurry of noontime Facebook activity involving Instagram lunch photos and gripes about traffic, Atlanta writer Thomas Lofton McLean's status update stood out Wednesday. It was a self-portrait of Lofton holding a hand-written note: "My mom was raped. I was born as a result. If you don't believe pregnancy results from rape, all you have to do is look at me and see that you're wrong." Within seconds, McLean's friends were sharing the post to thousands of their startled Facebook followers.
As if embattled Republican Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin didn't have enough to worry about as he continues his national "legitimate rape" apology tour, he's now in Margaret Cho's comedic crosshairs. Akin's recent comments about women being able to magically "shut that whole thing down" following a rape make him almost irresistible bait for Cho's new fall tour "Mother."