So What if She IS a Slut, Mister Limbaugh?

14 Mar

Seriously, that’s my answer to the brou-ha-ha over Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a slut. Ms. Fluke, as people who haven’t been under a rock for a week know, was lambasted by the rotund cuckoo-brained right-wing-nutburger talk-show host for her remarks before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, in which she stated her support for mandated coverage of contraceptives under all health-care plans, including those with “religious objections”.

Limbaugh, whose mouth acted as the distal end of a sewer pipe that day, said that Ms. Fluke wanted “us” to “pay for her to have sex”. He then went on to state that this makes her a “slut” and that she ought to post video of her having sex.

This from the man who was caught with an awful lot of Viagra without a prescription.And who is on wife number 4 and has no children. Hmmmm…..

But I digress.

I’ve been annoyed about the commentators who’ve felt the need to make remarks such as, “Some women need contraceptives for medical reasons!” While that is true, it’s a total red herring. Women need to stand up and say, I use contraceptives to control when, if, and under what circumstances I have a child. That is reason enough. Whether a woman has sex with a husband or the entire Navy is immaterial to the conversation, and is no one’s concern but those involved and perhaps their physicians. End of story. Everyone else not involved needs to shut the hell up and worry about their own lives. 

However, we still have a massive double standard when it comes to women and sex. No one ever suggests we stop covering men’s reproductive health procedures or products (Viagra and treatment for erectile dysfuctions, for example). Medicare will pay for treatment of erectile dysfunction, including surgery, on men who are 80 years old. And apparently that doesn’t offend anyone. But let women say they want birth control to be covered under insurance that they pay for, and it’s now an issue for the entire country to discuss.

Please wake me when we get to the year where women aren’t still catalogued as nice girls vs. sluts.

 

One Response to “So What if She IS a Slut, Mister Limbaugh?”

  1. vandyyoung March 14, 2012 at 9:47 AM #

    You’re exactly right, we shouldn’t even stoop to debate this issue but unfortunately in an election year when it’s not just our dignity but our whole way of life up for grabs, it’s hard not to join the argument.

    Misogyny is alive and well and living in our midst. They need to know that just like with every taboo subject, it’s not Ok to take their misogyny for a walk around the park, the political rally or the radio station. And that it will cost them plenty in their central nervous system wired to their wallets, if they do, so better to stow their ugly little secret.

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