Thursday, May 12, 2005

Dr. W David Hager

Dr. Hager, Bushes appointee to the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs in the Food and Drug Administration, is a strong opponent of women's rights. He vigorously fought to have the FDA reject over the counter sales of emergency contraception. In fact he is against all forms of contraception, well, almost all. In his personal life, however, he practiced a far more insidious form of contraception than the pill or Plan B. He repeatedly raped his wife in the ass. From The Nation.

Sometimes Hager would blithely shift from vaginal to anal sex. Davis protested. "He would say, "Oh, I didn't mean to have anal sex with you; I can't feel the difference," Davis recalls incredulously. "And I would say, 'Well then, you're in the wrong business."


For Davis, the diagnosis [narcolepsy] spelled relief, and a physician placed her on several medications to attain "sleep hygiene," or a consistent sleep pattern. But Davis says it was after the diagnosis that the period of the most severe abuse began. For the next seven years Hager sodomized Davis without her consent while she slept roughly once a month until their divorce in 2002, she claims. "My sense is that he saw [my narcolepsy] as an opportunity," Davis surmises. Sometimes she fought Hager off and he would quit for a while, only to circle back later that same night; at other times, "the most expedient thing was to try and somehow get it [over with]. In order to keep any peace, I had to maintain the illusion of being available to him." At still other moments, she says, she attempted to avoid Hager's predatory advances in various ways--for example, by sleeping in other rooms in the house, or by struggling to stay awake until Hager was in a deep sleep himself. But, she says, nothing worked.

Is marital rape a part of the ownership society?

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