Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rush Limbaugh Calls Georgetown Law Student a "Slut": A Disturbing Start to Women's History Month

Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh (conservative radio talk show host and political commentator) called Sandra Fluke, a law student at Georgetown University, a "slut" and a "prostitute."

Why, you ask?  Because Sandra Fluke is a courageous woman who is standing up for her basic rights. She was initially denied the right to speak at a Congressional hearing about the Obama administration's contraception policy. Sadly, but not surprisingly, Darrel Issa, the committee chair at the meeting, denied her the right to speak while allowing a bunch of men to testify about the policy.

She recounted a heartbreaking story about her friend who suffered from a huge ovarian cyst. The cyst unfortunately ruptured because of Georgetown's insurance coverage rules (they are a Catholic university). This woman could not afford the $100 a month treatment on her own. At the Congressional hearing, Sandra also stood up for women who do use the pill as birth control.

What makes me so angry is the mere fact that Sandra was initially denied the right to testify about something that is SO relevant to her personally and as a woman. How dare Darrel Issa let men testify about something that does not concern them and with which they will never have any first-hand experience?

Once again, this very important issue is trivialized by people like Rush Limbaugh. He assumes that every woman who takes birth control engages in a plethora of casual sexual encounters. To quote Limbaugh directly:
"Can you imagine if you were her parents how proud. . . you would be?" he said. "Your daughter. . . testifies she's having so much sex she can't afford her own birth control pills and she wants President Obama to provide them, or the Pope."
As per usual, Limbaugh takes it to another level. His argument could not be more flawed. Limbaugh suggests that the more sex a woman has, the more birth control she needs. Whether or not this is what he meant, this is what his words mean when broken down. She's "having so much sex she can't afford her own birth control pills."Really?! Ridiculous.

Limbaugh then goes on to say that this makes her  a "prostitute." "She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex," he said. Not only is Rush Limbaugh a complete asshole, but he's also stupid. In order for Sandra to be considered a "prostitute," she would actually have to have sex with the person paying her to perform that service. For Limbaugh, that would include himself and every American taxpayer. If this sounds outrageous to you, it's because it is.

Limbaugh then went on to demand that women post sex tapes online if they use insurance-covered birth control. He basically said for all the "Feminazis" out there, if you want us to pay you to have sex, then we want to see something for it. Once again, Limbaugh fails. An essential element of prostitution includes actual physical contact between the prostitute and the customer. Need I say more? It's making me sick just thinking about it.

The GOOD news today 

The Senate blocked the Blunt amendment to the health insurance bill, so President Obama's policy that women should have access to insurance coverage for contraceptives at no charge (through an employer's health plan or directly from an insurance company) is upheld so far.

Ladies, don't let anybody trample on your rights or your pride. Men, don't forget that true feminism is NOT about man-hating. It's about equality.

Happy Women's History Month!


  1. Oh my goodness. Oh Rush Limbaugh, what an idiot. I can't believe he would say something so ignorant. Like seriously? The more sex you have the more birth control you need? He seriously needs a fact checker before he opens his mouth. Also, I don't understand why men would be testifying in a case for birth control anyways. Most women don't even know how BC truly works let a lone a man. Gosh! Happy WHM. : /

    Vonae Deyshawn

    1. Yeah, he's really an idiot...and SO disrespectful. So far, 6 advertisers have dropped him because he is beyond "bounds of decency." I'm glad people are not putting up with this kind of rhetoric! Thanks for reading, Vonae! :)

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  3. Right wing talking head, Mary Matalin, said it correctly last week...if you haven't got rid of Rush Limbaugh over the past 25 years you never will. Death and tax evasion may be the only two hopes we have. Two things will insure his continued exposure....his massive ego and the fact that Republicans always get a pass on bad behavior. Think of all the outlandish racist, sexist and homophobic comments he has made over the years. Then think of Don Imus calling the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy hair hoe's" and ABC immediatley fires him. Why the difference? I think that the left exhibits the TRUE moral fiber of America...and Americans, right and left, know it. When a liberal commits a moral transgression or states the same there is little room for tolerance by the general public....he/she of the left wing politic is expected to comport himself better than that. But a conservative tends to get a pass on the same bad behavior. "Oh, what do you expect from a person out there on the fringe anyway.", may be said. And to make matters worse, liberals are less reactionary to such right wing bad behavior while the right wing pounces and takes advatage of such opportunities. An interesting left-right pycho babble converstion undoubtedly looms out there in future conversation.

    Btw, before you were born, Ashley, Rush Limbaugh had a lunch time TV talk show in NYC. I watched for a time or two and as he was engaging back then he was just as controversial as today. But the odd thing for me at the time was that behind him at his "talk desk" was an entire wall (taking up the entire camera shot) of the cover jackets of his first book with his face on it. All that you saw on the TV were book cover jackets of his BIG FAT FACE with him in the middle babbling away at his desk. That was unusual media egotism at the time....cable TV was new. I always thought from the beginning that his aggressive self promotion was something that served only his wallet and that somehow was going to screw me. I don't think my first impression was that far off base. From then on I viewed him as a flim-flam man and never really gave credence to any of his lies and bull shit.

    Nice job Ashley, on all of your blog comments. I always love you heart felt and timely personal thoughts.

    1. Thanks for your thoughtful comments! You are SO right about conservatives getting a "free ride" when it comes to obscene and outrageous language and behavior. Imagine if a liberal said some of the stuff that Limbaugh has said!!!

  4. RL 20 yrs ago. His incediary comments haven't changed one iota.

    And here is an example of the pure entertainment core of all that RL does and professes. In 20 years nothing has changed. To think so many take him seriously is pretty pathetic.