Isn't it great that all I have to do is say that and everybody knows which way this is heading?
I'm not going to belabor my hatred of Limbaugh, everybody knows I think he's a waste of oxygen, sperm, and egg. He's a blatant hypocrite sitting in his little radio echo chamber where the dittoheads reaffirm his intelligence and he can weed out any disagreeing opinion. (His hypocrisy is contagious, such as how he got Elton John to perform at his wedding by giving him $500K. If you are wondering why I stopped being an Elton John fan, it was when he performed at the wedding of someone he should have boycotted over gay rights just for a paycheck.)
Now, Limbaugh is opening his fool mouth again. Worse, he's got me agreeing with Nancy Pelosi, which really hacks me off.
This whole thing started back in February when people started forcing their religious views onto Obamacare. The question was whether religious institutions had to provide birth control and such for their employees. February was when the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is Republican controlled and spearheaded by the R's Darrell Issa, I might add, was having hearings on this and whether or not it was a good idea. A Georgetown University student named Sandra Fluke showed up to testify on the issue, but she was turned away. Seems that Issa and his cronies felt she wasn't "qualified" to talk. Who was, you ask? Only allowed male religious leaders and scholars were allowed to testify. In other words, they cheated.
On February 23rd, Pelosi decided to hold an unofficial hearing in the interest of equal time. Fluke was invited to speak, and her comments drew applause from Pelosi and a few others.
Now, we cut to yesterday. Limbaugh decides he's going to give Fluke what for and calls her a "slut" and a "prostitute" on the air. Now, that's not the problem. See, Limbaugh was just getting warmed up. He has a counterproposal for Fluke. The bullet points?
"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 for it. We want you post the videos online so we can all watch."
I'm so glad Limbaugh is able to keep this on a mature and professional level. Side note: he wants to watch? Yeah, unless he hires someone to hold his belly up so he can reach, all he's going to do is watch. (I'm SUCH a bitch.) And just so you don't think I'm cherry picking quotes, here's more:
"What does it say about the college coed 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. What does that make us? We're the pimps. The johns, that's right. We would be the johns -- no! We're not the johns. Well -- yeah, that's right. Pimp's not the right word."
Needless to say, Pelosi is not amused by this. "When Sandra Fluke testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee after Republicans attempted to silence, she courageously spoke truth to power. As a result, today, she has been subject to attacks that are outside the circle of civilized discussion and that unmask the strong disrespect for women held by some in this country. We call upon the Republican leaders in the House to condemn these vicious attacks on Ms. Fluke, which are in response to her testimony to the Congress. Democrats will always stand up for women's health and women's voices." She wants the GOP to pressure Limbaugh into apologizing or to denounce his statements. Pelosi? I think you're going to be waiting a loooooooong time for that.
Fluke, meanwhile, has posted her response. "No woman deserves to be disrespected in this manner. This language is an attack on all women, and has been used throughout history to silence our voices. The millions of American women who have and will continue to speak out in support of women's health care and access to contraception prove that we will not be silenced."
And now, I have a counterproposal for Limbaugh. In this whole birth control debate, it's all about slut shaming. Women are treated like dirt. However, as I was taught long ago, it takes two people to make a slut, the woman who is the slut, and the man using her because he wants a slut. Without him, she isn't a slut, QED. If you truly believe in fairness and you aren't just doing this to pick on women, how about some sort of punishment and/or restriction for the men? How about telling the guys they shouldn't be having sex and, if they do, they should put their videos up?
Or do you not care about that, because it might impact you and your buddies, and why make them take responsibility when you can dump all the blame on women?
Sex has always had harsher consequences for women than for men. And men are frequently so anxious for sex, they Do Not Do The Research (I quote one of my cousins: "Whadya mean, she's pregnant?!? We only did it once!"). But they are never the focus of these, "You should stop screwing!" debates. It's unfair. It's chauvinist. It's stupid.
I hope you succeed in getting women to stop having sex with you. The idea of you being unable to breed puts a smile on my face.