Mary Elizabeth Williams' Guide to "Legitimate Rape"

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The latest major political misstep goes to Todd Akin, Republican Representative from Missouri, who in an interview on Sunday said, "if it's legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." People quickly came out against Akin for his comments, questioning exactly what he meant by "legitimate rape."

That's the premise of a piece Mary Elizabeth Williams just wrote for Salon. What exactly constitutes rape under current laws?