Rush Limbaugh Apologized for Slut Comment ... Now Get Over It

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rush limbaughLast week, Sandra Fluke testified in a congressional hearing that taxpayers should be required to buy birth control for college students, because apparently the financial ability to spend $50,000 a year for law school doesn’t translate to being able to afford a $9 a month prescription from Walmart. Seriously? That’s the cost of two lattes from Starbucks.

Sensationalist radio personality Rush Limbaugh then asked a rhetorical question on his program in which he inquired as to what one would call a girl who gets paid to have sex:

What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke ... 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.

And then the liberals went nuts. Because Rush is a meanie and he obviously hates womyn! Sure, it was a poor choice of words, but he had a legitimate point. What do you call someone that wants his or her sex life subsidized? Maybe entitled, spoiled child would be a better choice of words. 

Rush has since apologized for using the derogatory term, but the liberal feminist that freely chose to attend a school that declines to offer birth control and then complained about it declined to accept it. What more does she want than an apology from an incredibly powerful and influential man? An engraving on a gold plate?

Rush said something inappropriate, and he apologized for it. It should be over, but liberals are still fuming and denouncing him. Maybe they should denounce slut walks before getting their panties in a bunch over a political commentator using the same word so many of them wear with pride. Or what about backlash for Bill Maher calling Sarah Palin (a working mom!) the c-word?

Why is it ok for liberals to call conservative women horrible names, but the media world comes to a standstill when a conservative does the same thing? Where is the consistency? Why is Rush Limbaugh evil, but Keith Olbermann, who called conservative columnist Michelle Malkin a “big mashed up bag of meat with lipstick,” is admired and held in high regard? 

Either it’s ok to call women names or it’s not. Pick one. Then maybe we can get back to some real issues, like why some people think being forced to buy their own $9 a month birth control amounts to female subjugation. 


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bills... billsfan1104

Finally Jenny. Thank you and Thank you.

Celia... Celiacelia

Some people's bc cost more than $9 a month, even with insurance.

nonmember avatar BMG

1) She is not asking for taxpayers to pay for contraception; she is asking for her employer to cover it as part of her health coverage.
2) On what planet does birth control cost $9. Mine costs $90.
3) What Rush offered was far from an apology.
4) I am ashamed to have to count you, Jenny Erikson, among women. It is embarrassing that someone who is clearly uninformed about this issue gets to have a public voice.

Caela... CaelanOceanamom

Seriously? This is not about paying for sex or birth control. This is about the attack on women's health care in this country. Those same plans that won't cover birth control DO cover viagra! This is about the health and dignity of women in this country; if you don't see that, as a women, then you are incredibly short sighted and God forbid your daughter grow up in a country where she is valued less then men. But your ever lovin ass if it was men who carried the children there would be over the counter birth control on every corner market. Condoms don't count: a woman is still depending on man for her health. Open your eyes; this affects every woman in this country!

nonmember avatar JustMe

Hey Jenny, maybe you and Rush could BOTH review her ACTUAL testimony and get back to me. She didn't say taxpayers should pay for it, but rather PRIVATE insurance to cover it they way they do thyroid meds or blood pressure meds; and she was also making a point about how it is used for OTHER medical conditions as opposed to JUST preventing pregnancy. I personally am on BC for a hormone disorder, I can't have kids, but I have to take the BC until menopose (then they will have to review my hormone levels and decide the right course of action) So not ONLY was it a bad "word choice" it was INNACCURATE and RUDE. I don't think it was an attack on women from Rush just that he is a pig in general and likes to throw stones from that massive glass house he lives in. As for anyone else's rudeness, I don't like name calling from anyone, even against someone I don't care for or agree with.

nonmember avatar Jennifer

What offended me most was the implication that being on birth control equals being a slut. She was arguing that all health care plans should cover birth control. The other verbal attacks that you mentioned were personal, so they didn't bug me. It is a free country, think what you will of people. But implying that because I would like my prescription plan to cover my birth control, I must be a "slut" or " prostitute" is insulting to all women.

nonmember avatar grloncloud9

As a liberal I'm not just upset over his choice of words, it was his focus on one aspect of her argument. She made it clear that beside the prevalence of sex in college that for some women it medically provides assistance with certain female conditions, such as ovarian cysts or other unique uterine problems.

And denouncing the slut walk? Because this Limbaugh thing and the walk both share the word 'slut' makes them relative?? It's about context, not relativity. This Limbaugh thing will inspire the upcoming slut walk. Until then, don't tell people to get over anything. Rush is not the only one allowed to express his opinion. He has spoken, and now so will everyone else. He's a sensationalist and people will react sensationally to him. Should people really "get over it"? Are you kidding? He's getting exactly what he wants! Just like you are by writing this, you expect that others will argue on your comments page because this piece can also, in its own respect, be labeled sensational.

Aeris... AerisKate

Thank you!  It is so time to move on from this.  I didn't like it when I heard that he called her a slut but that was last week and I'm over it.  There are so many more important things to be focusing on right the economy??? gas prices??? unemployment rates???  And I agree - we either need to get mad and demand apologies when ALL women, liberal or conservative, get trashed in the media OR we need to be quiet.  Besides, I almost think it is meaner to call a woman a "big mashed up bag of meat with lipstick" anyway.  Sheesh. 

nonmember avatar lia

If sex is only for procreation, who are the 60-yr-old men on Viagara having sex with? Certainly not their post-menopausal wives!

nonmember avatar Miles

Not everyone can use the $9 birth control. Hormones affect people in different ways and some people literally go crazy on generics. A lot of women need specific pills due to a medical condition.

Besides, it is bs to say that a public figure can say whatever offensive thing he or she wants and because he (she) offers a crappy apology, it is ok? No, thanks.

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