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Rush Limbaugh Calls her a ‘Slut’, Obama Calls her and says “Your Parents Should be Proud”

Conservative talk show host, Rush Limbaugh

Conservative talk show host, Rush Limbaugh. Image via Wikipedia

By Juliana Jiménez

Sandra Fluke is the Georgetown Law student who was denied testifying in the Contraception Congress hearing, the famous one with all the dudes, because she wasn’t relevant. Later, Democrats held a mock hearing and let Fluke speak about the dangers of denying women contraception. She was a lone female voice almost drowned by the sea of white male Republican idiocy. Then, the tip of the white fat male privilege iceberg that is Rush Limbaugh called her a “feminazi”, “slut” and a “prostitute” on his show recently.

From the NYT:

At the hearing, Ms. Fluke said fellow students at the Jesuit university pay as much as $1,000 a year for contraceptives that are not covered by student health plans.

On his radio show Wednesday, Mr. Limbaugh said: “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 contraception.”

Three sentences and Limbaugh just upped his gross factor by 100-fold. He apparently does not understand how birth control works, nor the fact that she testified about “ovarian cysts, acne, irregular periods, and the handfuls of other reasons to take it” as commenter FINNasty at Jezebel said.

So what was the reaction of the Left, the Right, the media? The president of Georgetown condemned Limbaugh’s words and called Fluke “a model of civil discourse”. According to the Washington Post, “Santorum said at a campaign event in Chillicothe, Ohio, that he’s “not for anyone calling someone a bad name.'” Democrats urged Republicans to condemn Limbaugh, and finally a reluctant Boehner condemned him, as the NYT explains,

Under heavy pressure from Democratic leaders, Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio earlier Friday condemned

Republican John Boehner

John Boehner. Credit: Gage Skidmore.

Mr. Limbaugh’s comments as “inappropriate.”

But Mr. Boehner, a Republican, also denounced Democratic fund-raising efforts that have tried to use the debate to the party’s advantage.

Well, and why shouldn’t they bank on this? So it’s fine when Republicans bank on fear of inexistent wars, on fear of “sluts”, but it’s wrong when Democrats want to communicate their believe in furthering women’s rights? What else are they supposed to do, hide their achievements? They should post it everywhere, PR the fuck out of it, until everyone knows what everyone stands for. If Boehner is afraid Republicans might look like assholes, it’s a bit too late. He’s probably crying on camera somewhere as I type this.

But Obama outdid them all. I must say, well played, sir. As the Washington Post says, it’s pretty rare for a president to call a person, it’s usually for something pretty hardcore. And it is — that’s what’s awesome about this, that some people are finally realizing it. Whoever says “this is nice, but let’s get back to the real issues” — whatever, I don’t want to hear it. This is a real issue. It’s very real for the millions of women who have unintended pregnancies, for the women who are poor and have no way of avoiding the six, seven, eight pregnancies that will mark their life as one of endless toil. This is a public health issue, it’s and environmental issue (as Amy Poehler says on SNL, “people pyramids! that should be an advertisement for condoms right there”), and it’s a women’s rights issue, a.k.a. a human’s rights issue. I’m glad we’re taking the time to get this straight. Thanks Santorum, Romney, Issa, Foster “Aspirin-Between-Your-Knees” Freiss, et all.

Limbaugh will be eating his words soon. Another Jezebel article reports two advertisers pulled ads from his show, and two more are likely to follow. The Washington Post also read my mind with this:

The president’s call is a signal that the White House, like Democrats more broadly, believes it has the upper hand on a hot-button issue that does not appear to be leaving the political spotlight anytime soon.

Asshats in the Right will regret, first, ever giving credibility to Rush Limbaugh, and second, messing with women’s rights. You’re 50 years late, idiots, move on.

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  6. JinneyMae · March 3, 2012

    We need to go after bill maher too; else we just look like, do i dare say it, political sluts

    • femination · March 3, 2012

      @JinneyMae: You’re right, calling women names like these is wrong in and of itself, not because of who says it. Louis C.K. also, the way he drops the c-word is really something else…

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