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Rush Limbaugh’s Sexism: Finally Too Much To Bear?

| March 1, 2012

On Wednesday Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University Law School student who testified before Congress, a “slut” and a "prostitute" for asking that her hormonal birth control be covered by Georgetown’s health insurance. (h/t to Media Matters for their excellent work). 

What does it say about the college co-ed 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.

Bad enough but the next day he double-downed on his insults bringing up a hilarious offer (echoing Rick Santorum supporter Foster Friess) to pay for aspirin for Fluke and all the women of Georgetown University to put between her knees. Limbaugh spent most of a three-hour show insulting Fluke in graphic, often sexual, terms for her mild request to have her birth control covered by insurance.

It’s not enough that on a daily basis Limbaugh says something sexist against elected and prominent women, now the mere fact a regular woman disagrees with Rush is enough for him to call her a slut. His insult wasn't even particularly original.

Sandra Fluke released a statement today that should speak to all women.

We are fortunate to live in a democracy where everyone is entitled to their own opinions regarding legitimate policy differences. Unfortunately, numerous commentators have gone far beyond the acceptable bounds of civil discourse.

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.

Limbaugh is free to say anything he wants, but should his advertisers continue to support his show? Should anyone want to buy their products from someone who is effectively calling all women sluts and whores? Should stations continue to promote a host who shows blatant disregard for half the population? Are we about to learn what are the limits to which sheer sexism is tolerated from a radio personality?

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