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.

Tony March 08, 2012 at 12:36 AM
There is no such thing as free, if the insurance company has to pay then the rates are going to go up and people who have insurance are going to pay, if the goverment gives it away, then the taxpayers are going to pay. When I was going to Catholic school in the late 50,s, if I would have asked the Priest for a rubber I would have gotten beat to death with a yardstick.
Paul March 08, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Tri-sprintec is cheap and usually good enough. But sometimes one needs to use a more expensive branded form of OCs, and in the case Fluke stated, the cost is about $1000/yr, or about $80 per month. You can also note, while you are being disingenuous, that oral contraceptives are often used for other purposes than just contraception.
Patrick Sennett March 08, 2012 at 12:42 AM
This software is bizarre. Rush couldn't care less about the advertising revenue, as he explained today. He'll still get paid, and the advertisers were only shuffling their advertising on the same stations to different programs until y'all quit yer moaning. As to the language, please point me to your column of outrage and condemnation when Bill Maher called Sarah Palin the most vile name imaginable for a woman. As to Mike, "debasing and insulting rhetoric" is what we hear from Olbermann and Maher and Stewart and the like all day long, of course directed at Republicans in general and conservatives in particular. Google comments about Laura Ingraham and Michelle Malkin if you need a sampling.
Tony March 08, 2012 at 12:46 AM
If the drugs are being used for medical conditions then by all means make it available to the person.If it is being used for sexual pleasure then pay for it yourself.
Mark Greg March 08, 2012 at 01:09 AM
More liberal drivel.
Uncle Buckeye March 08, 2012 at 01:20 AM
It never fails, the brilliant liberal mind demands it be put on display. Thank you mr chicken for your very erudite post.
Adam March 08, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Thank God we still have our freedom of speech in this country. I don't agree with all of it, but I agree with the right to say it. I'm a conservative, and I periodically will listen to Rush, but what he said was not appropriate. My bigger problem is with this ridiculous, poorly written article with that inappropriate headline. Rush was not attacking women. He was not saying women with opinions are hookers. He said that paying for someone's birth control was like paying them for sex which would make them hookers. I am not defending his comments at all. This article is misleading and improperly titled and subtitled. Just because I don't believe tax payers should pay for birth control for others, doesn't mean that I don't like women and am not interested in their health and well-being.
Uncle Buckeye March 08, 2012 at 02:45 AM
One attaboy Adam. The salient point is NO ONE even suggested that women be precluded from obtaining birth control: it was obama's abrogation of our 1st Amendment right by making religious organizations PAY for it. That's notwithstanding the fact that government cannot force a company to give services away at no charge. I find it astounding that the liberal mind cannot grasp the concept of our CONSTITUTIONALLY guaranteed RIGHTS!
Vanessa March 08, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Vanessa March 08, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Being on birth control does not mean you are having sex or even want sex. Moot point. And yes, by using the word "slut" he was attempting to shame her into silence.
Vanessa March 08, 2012 at 05:06 AM
The rate increase is minuscule. As opposed to the rate increase if you have a bunch of pregnant woman on the insurance plan. Insurance companies KNOW it is cheaper to cover birth control than pregnancies and the new child. http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/kaiser_0698.html This isn't the 50's, birth control is preventative care that is as legitimate and valid as any other healthcare, and it should be treated as such.
Vanessa March 08, 2012 at 05:11 AM
I'm sorry, why isn't couldn't Issa have a woman speak about religious freedom? An all-male panel discussing how their religion makes them view woman as unworthy of equal medical rights.... And I did a little research, Rush is misrepresenting the hearing. Both Fluke and Lynn were scheduled to testify before the congressional hearing and upon seeing the all-male panel, Lynn agreed to step down to allow Fluke to talk. Of course, that didn't happen.
Dave Smith March 08, 2012 at 07:04 AM
Rick Santorum is far more of a right wing extremist than even Barry Goldwater was. He is firmly against a woman's right to an abortion, EVEN IN THE CASE OF RAPE AND INCEST. If Mr. Santorum is concerned about the lives of the unborn, he should stop trying to have kids with his wife, He should make sure that their birth control is up to par. Oh I forgot: He is against birth control also, for EVERYONE, and would make it illegal. Their track record is: Two Babies that died at or before birth, and one who is completely, severely disabled, and who’s prognosis is a death in the next few years maximum. They refer to her as a, “Miracle” because the Doctors said that she would die within two years, and it has now been three. THAT is not my idea of a miracle, but it IS my idea of flagrant irresponsibility to the unborn, while hiding behind being, “Pro-Life.”
Working Man March 08, 2012 at 11:56 AM
As I read all the comments here it sickens me to think that all anyone has to do is wast there time! I think you all should look at the time that has been robbed from you focusing in on this subject. I think this is the reason this country has gone down the tubes. Keep on with this,wast your lives away ( there is a dog that needs to be walked) by the way I am taking a dump that is why this is being written. Love you all but have to go and support all that are on tha Dole.
Vanessa March 08, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Haha! A "rake"? What is this, 1689? Not even remotely equatable. Asking for equal medical coverage and calling out obvious misogyny makes one hyper-sensitive, eh? I am of the opinion that some men are so hyper-sensitive against women having sex/opinions/lives outside the home that they feel the need to denigrate and debase women. They do things to make it harder for women to receive healthcare or not being in a position of power...whine on local forums about supposed double standards.
Jim Strnad March 08, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Megan 4:53 pm March 7, 2012 “…the assumption that the only reason she would need the pill is so that she can "have a good time spreading her legs". THAT'S what I have a problem with.” And I would agree with you if that were all I had said. QUOTE: “If she further tried to substantiate that demand by saying the cost for non-medical emergency birth control was excessively expensive I would suggest to her that that she should have better self control than an animal or she has a psychological infirmity.” Megan: “By the way, I by no means need a refresher on the 1st amendment, thank you. You don’t? Then explain to us how you justify the obama regime demanding that a self-insured Catholic hospital pay for employee condoms and abortifacients! Oh yeah megan, I do respect women, I just view sandra fluke as a self serving political hack and while I am not a physician my background does elevate me beyond neophyte knowledge concerning women’s health issues. Working Man 5:56 am March 8, 2012 “As I read all the comments here it sickens me to think that all anyone has to do is wast there time!” So protecting the Constitution and our GUARANTEED RIGHTS is a “wast” of time in your world. It is disassociated people like you that allow for the decline of our country. It is disassociated people like you that are shocked as obama changes the very fabric of our country by “executive order”. You’re not a “working man” sir you’re a LAZY man.
Conservative March 08, 2012 at 05:47 PM
This entire focus on "women's rights" or a "war against women" is a fabricated ruse to get people to stop talking about the real issues. Ms. Fluke can get contraceptives at Target and Walmart for $9 a month, and then do whatever she wants. Why is it everyone’s responsibility to buy and take care of all of your wants? Contraceptives are available everywhere and I shouldn’t take out my checkbook for you or anyone else, pay for it yourself. Ms. Fluke is a card carrying Liberal activist trying to help Obama secure more women’s votes.
Pat March 08, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Well, you are all yapping about this essentially non-issue. Ms. Fluke is being used as a pawn and Rush flushed himself down the toilet; it's a win-win for the liberals as a handy little diversion. I don't want to pay for anybody to have sex or an abortion, it's not a right, however, we are in debt, we are without jobs, people are losing everything they've worked for, people are without medical insurance to cover their childrens broken legs, homes are being foreclosed, cars are being repossessed, China and Iran is making fools out of us and we have a non-starter for a president. Come on people, don't fall for this liberal media diversion . FOCUS ON WHAT IS REAL! Get some discernment, for crying out loud!
Pat March 08, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Well said!
Megan March 08, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Ok so maybe you just have reading comprehension issues? I NEVER tried to justify anything about the "obama regime". I am taking issue with a woman being called a slut by people who don't even know her simply because of her opinion on birth control. If you and Rush are calling her a slut then you are also calling me a slut and THAT is what I have a problem with! Yes it upsets me very much that I may one day have to explain to my daughter why she may be forced to pay more for a certain medicine that some people have decided is not necessary yet her male coworkers can continue to enjoy the erections that the same employer bought for them!
William Douglass March 08, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Amen Pat. 1. Unemployment in February ----> 9.1% up from last month 2. Federal deficit hits a new record in February 3. Gas hits $6 per gallon in CA 4. Obama is slashing healthcare benefits to our military families in his new budget. How about the Patch writing an article about any of the above? Let's comment on these issues.
thefunkychicken March 09, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Thank you Uncle Browneye.
Max Gruppy March 09, 2012 at 01:27 AM
The part that upset me the most was Rush's suggestion that videos of the woman having sex be posted online. Rush, pay for your own pornography! If she's a slut for asking that insurance cover birth control, what is Rush for demanding that we subsidize his "self adulation"? Is Rush a welfare pervert? A cheap creep? Subsidized saliva thighs?
bobrzik March 09, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Didn't you write a column about this last week, Ms Gallagher? Are you short on subject matter or do your HuffPost masters want you to keep this topic alive to help Obama?
Vanessa March 09, 2012 at 04:07 PM
For the last time, it's not the taxpayer who is paying for it. Tony, it's a bit ironic that you say young people should become responsible, when that is exactly what they're trying to do by gaining easier access to contraceptives.
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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