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Rush Limbaugh's Attack on Women: Mom Talk

How can we raise our daughters to feel like equals when we are still being labeled hookers for having opinions?

Rush Limbaugh has always been a gaseous windbag, but "slut" and "prostitute?" Really?

For anyone who may not have heard, the old right-wing shock jock blamed the victim. He waged a because she advocated insurance coverage of birth control.

"I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation," he said in a diluted apology that came only after advertisers started pulling out.

The wrong words? Ya think?

Personally, I've never been a fan of shock jocks—on either side of the political spectrum. There is very little, if anything, that has ever come out of Limbaugh's mouth that I would find entertaining. He is easy to ignore.

However, as a woman and a mom, this recent outrage has me seeing red. How can we raise our daughters to feel as equals when we, ourselves, are still getting the double standard?

Fluke is a respectable 30-year-old Georgetown law student, not a hooker. She was testifying before Congress, not selling dope on the street corner. What Limbaugh did is the political equivalent of telling a rape victim that she asked for it.

Speaking of which, for being as conservative as Limbaugh is, it's ironic that he is casting the first stone when he is not without sin. He called Fluke names when he is the one who is the self-admitted drug addict. Lest we forget what a hypocrite Limbaugh is.

Limbaugh is a professional talk show host. He makes a reportedly cool $50 mil a year to choose the right words. Saying what he means is his career, and he is paid hugely for it.

The next time he decides to squawk about the radical notion of opinionated women, instead of getting tangled up in the trivialness of words, perhaps he better stick to his native tongue: Oink.

Vanessa March 09, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Religious employers are exempt from paying for birth control. Obama made the concession a few weeks. This isn't about religious freedom anymore. Nobody is giving away birth control "away at no charge." You are paying for your insurance either through a paycheck deduction or labor. It is YOUR insurance, you should be able to get the healthcare you need without some paternalistic/religious/controlling overlord telling you how you should live your life.
Vanessa March 09, 2012 at 04:24 PM
It's obvious you've never had to buy and maintain birth control. $9/month is only in certain states for certain generics. Not all birth control medication works for all women. Again, this is NOT FUNDED BY TAXPAYERS. IT IS A PRIVATE INSURANCE ISSUE.
Jim Nolan March 09, 2012 at 10:23 PM
That's the best you've got?.....Wow what an enlightened response. Lame Liberal BS.
JD March 09, 2012 at 11:41 PM
"How can we raise our daughters to feel as equals when we, ourselves, are still getting the double standard?" Really? Since you used the word. Do you really think any young girls are ever going to "feel equal" by advocating, even by implication, that being sexually promiscuous, i.e. a "slut", is okay? Which leads to a question. Why do almost all women hate the word "slut"? Didn't we have little "revolution" during the 60s & 70s that tried to convince women it was okay to be sexually promiscuous. Women still, far far more than men, look down on women who are sexually promiscuous. Turn red all you want. But you look pretty Orwellian for getting all upset over someone getting called something after they defended the foundational concepts that define the word. Or do you think it wrong to call someone who publicly defends the behaviors and foundational concepts of Nazism, a Nazi?
Max Gruppy March 10, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Good comparison, JD. The historical similarities between sluts and fascists are so obvous that it's no wonder Rush gets excited by both of them.

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