Most of you have hopefully already heard about the ridiculousness that was Rush Limbaugh’s radio attack on a Georgetown student (Sandra Fluke) for speaking out in support of women’s contraception rights. He called her a prostitute, a ‘feminazi’, a slut, and a variety of other derogatory and sexist terms because he believes a woman’s right to contraception to be synonymous with a man’s “paying her to have sex.” He further remarked in defense of his claims, “Well, what would you call someone who wants us to pay for her to have sex? What would you call that woman? You’d call ’em a slut, a prostitute or whatever.” He then said that if men “have to pay for women to have sex” they should at least get “to watch.”
There isn’t enough time in a day to begin to understand Rush Limbaugh’s twisted, sexually frustrated psyche.
Speaking of egos, he should check his at the door.I’m fairly certain Sandra Fluke wasn’t soliciting him for compensated sex, which would have made it a prostitution situation. The sex Fluke, or any other women, desires has nothing to do with Rush, nor does it have anything to do with being paid for doing it. In fact, it doesn’t even have anything to do with sex itself but rather having the right to do so in a safe, responsible, and protected manner. I’m pretty sure Limbaugh’s homophobia is also at play here, as he is clearly threatened by women wanting to have sex with each other and not men. You would think, otherwise, that men would be all for birth control so they don’t have to run around looking after tiny versions of themselves for the rest of their lives.
Why does it seem like so many people in this country assume that the availability of birth control means women lining up around the block to get orgasm after orgasm with dozens of different men? And even if that was true, why is that wrong? Because there aren’t any babies to show for it? The restriction of birth control in order to further the species happens to be crucial aspect of fascist Nazi ideology, which is still a relatively understudied area in historical research but has extraordinary implications for the role of women in society.
The so-called “War Against Women” was waged from the dawn of mankind and is still being waged today.
Thankfully a lot of people are lashing out against Rush, including President Obama, who telephoned Fluke to offer her his support and disappointment on behalf of Limbaugh and others like him. But for now all we can do is sit back, be disturbed, and try to continue living our lives knowing that there’s someone out there (and perhaps multiple someones) who essentially thinks all women are prostitutes.
This morning Rush apologized to Fluke for his comments, saying that he didn’t mean his words to be a personal attack on Fluke. On this point, I would agree- this wasn’t exclusively a personal attack, but rather an attack on all women, past and present, who have and continue to express the right to have safe sex. Limbaugh’s apology is well-timed but sadly, pretty futile- at this point the damage has already been done. The sheer force of his language is indelible, and given the fact that he’s already lost many of his sponsors as well as the respect of politicians (both Republican and Democrat), his credibility is already shot to hell.
Nothing is ever free. Speech is a perfect example.