Friday, March 2, 2012

If the Shoe Fits.... (Updated)

The ongoing debate over birth control took a particularly nasty turn recently when conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” for speaking out about the issue.

Fluke, a birth control activist, spoke with TODAY’s Matt Lauer about Limbaugh’s comments and the failure of a GOP-sponsored amendment that would have allowed employers at religious institutions to opt out of providing contraception in health plans.

Fluke told Lauer that she expected some backlash, especially from someone like Limbaugh. Still, the comments stung — especially since they were made on the first day of Women’s History Month.

“I think my reaction was the reaction a lot of women have had historically when they’ve been called these types of names: Initially to be stunned by it, and then to quickly feel outraged and very upset,” she told Lauer.
Contrary to the article, Limbough didn't call her a slut "for speaking out about the issue." He called her a slut and a prostitute because she complained of the cost of birth-control while attending law school and she thought the government (i.e., everyone else) should pay for it (rather than abstaining from sex). He called her a slut because she wanted the government to pay for her to have sex. The truth hurts.

Update: According to the information here, in order to incur the $3,000 claimed by Fluke, she would have to have sex 2.74 times per day, every day, for the three years she claimed. "Slut" may be an understatement.

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