Rush Limbaugh has been in the news for calling a Georgetown Law School student a “slut” because she was going to testify before Congress that religiously affiliated institutions shouldn’t be able to deny contraceptive medication like The Pill (she was going to talk about her friend who needed contraceptives to prevent the growth of cysts.).
Here is his quote:
What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex — what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.
That was Wednesday and his choice of words provoked a huge amount of outrage. On Thursday, he upped the stakes with this quote:
A Georgetown coed told Nancy Pelosi’s hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex they’re going broke, so you and I should have to pay for their birth control. So what would you call that? I called it what it is. So, I’m offering a compromise today: I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want. … So Miss Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.
A number of people, including the President of Georgetown University (who opposes Miss Fluke’s position), have condemned Rush Limbaugh, calling his comments “misogynistic, vitriolic, and a misrepresentation of the position of our student.”
If Miss Fluke had been a man and spoken in favor of contraceptive rights, would Rush have attacked have attacked Mr. Fluke’s sexual promiscuity? I find it sad that in this day and age, a woman can be attacked as a “slut” and a “prostitute” for expressing her opinion. Sure we can disagree without calling someone a slut and demanding they make and deliver free online smut.
Perhaps not though, as Rush previously had said that Senator Landrieu of Louisiana “may be the most expensive prostitute in the history of prostitution.”
Do you feel that female politicians and advocates are treated fairly in the public conversation?