Rush and the War on Women
|March 5, 2012||Posted by Adam T under News Bump, Political News, Political News - U.S.|
For those not up to speed, Rush Limbaugh attacked Sandra Fluke, a student at Gerogetown University who testified before Congress. He did so on February 29th, March 1, and March 2. He started by calling her a slut and a prostitute, because in his mind Sandra Fluke was asking for the government to pay for her contraceptives. Despite the fact that this is not at all what she actually testified about, it shows exactly where Rush Limbaugh’s mind is at regarding women, and regarding contraceptives.
Rush Limbaugh’s supporters have also come out defending his comments, often by equating him to other liberal commentators, usually at a complete failure of equivalence. The only one that has come close is an attack on Bill Maher, who has not apologized for his own misogyny. However, Rush’s influence is clearly a lot more profound, and broadcast for free a lot more frequently. Rush has a history of doing this exact thing, and not apologizing at all for it. I won’t go into all the reasons that trying to equate Rush with anyone on the left is also a logical fallacy.
After the attacks, President Obama called Sandra Fluke to let her know that she was brave and that her parents should be proud. This did not sit well with Rush, who suggested as part of his attacks that her parents should instead be ashamed.
On Saturday, March 3, he issued a statement (I am not posting a link on purpose) which he is calling an apology. Here is the full text:
For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit?In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.
My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.
Despite his use of the word sincere, anyone can tell this “apology” is anything but. He clearly thinks he is right about the issue, and that the only thing wrong is his choice of words. It ignores the fact that he spent three days issuing over 50 negative comments about Sandra Fluke personally attacking her. It also indicates he thinks the issue is all about women who have sex, which it isn’t.
I am just plain outraged by all this. The conservatives really don’t want women having sex, except in very specific circumstances, and they have tipped their hand. If it were only Rush’s comments, that would be bad enough (the term dittohead didn’t come from nowhere). But to have many conservative commentators also loudly and proudly proclaiming that this is all about sex? Do they even think about how this affects the female vote?
Here’s the thing – even if we only consider the sexual angle, Rush and others do not understand what contraception is. It’s a hormonal treatment that does not require more use the more you have sex. It also does not require you to have sex at all.
All it does is prevent pregnancy should it otherwise potentially happen. If a woman has a drunken night out, no baby. If a woman who has babies has decided she can’t care for any more, no babies. If a woman gets raped, no baby. And on and on and on. And yet somehow this is seen as a bad thing by conservatives, purely on the basis of enforcing sexual behavior on women that is not applied to men – EVER.
Men can have as much sex as they want, get as many women pregnant as they want, rape as many women as they want, if the conservatives have their way in enforcing all these big government initiatives they want, such as outlawing all contraception and all abortion, but keeping free condoms, Viagra, and testosterone treatments. And then once the woman carries to term, more laws that prevent her from being able to care for the child, especially if she is single, or has any other children. In one case, a law has been proposed that would make single motherhood child abuse.
Take all that together with our culture of rape apologism, and you have a recipe for rape babies being born by the thousands, no repercussions for the perpetrators, born with health problems and to single mothers who will then be thrown in jail if they can’t acquire a husband within the 5-8 months after finding out they are pregnant.
If all that isn’t a war on women, I don’t know what is.
There is something you can do to at least strike back at Rush Limbaugh. Krystal Ball has started BoycottRush.org. It focuses on putting pressure on advertisers on Rush’s program to make them pull their ads from his show. It also contains up to the minute information on the effort. Merely days after his first attack, the effort was already successful in getting a couple of advertisers to pull their ads. A few more followed suit before his “apology,” and then after his apology, Carbonite Online Backup came out saying that his apology is not enough, and they are pulling their ads anyway.
As of this writing, 11 advertisers have pulled their ads from his program. Rush has said advertisers can be replaced. I would love to see who will be the first advertiser to say, unequivocally, that they are going to advertise with him despite what he said.
This effort needs more voices. Rush needs to be taken down, and he needs to know that women are stronger than he is. I encourage everyone to sign this petition and make him pay.