Rush Limbaugh calls woman speaking at contraception hearing a ‘slut’ (UPDATE!)

Rush Limbaugh calls woman speaking at contraception hearing a ‘slut’ (UPDATE!)

Posted On: March 1, 2012
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The Huffington Post reported today that Rush Limbaugh, who was once detained at customs after authorities found a bottle of Viagra in his bag prescribed for someone else, referred on his radio show to Sandra Fluke as a “slut”:

Sandra Fluke, a student at Georgetown Law School, was supposed to be the Democratic witness at a Congressional hearing about the Obama administration’s contraception policy. However, Darrell Issa, the committee chair at the hearing, prevented her from speaking, while only allowing a series of men to testify about the policy. Fluke eventually spoke to a Democratic hearing, and talked about the need for birth control for both reproductive and broader medical reasons. She mentioned in particular a friend of hers who needed contraception to prevent the growth of cysts.

Limbaugh’s response to the testimony:

“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.”

Conservatives have been arguing for years that birth control promotes promiscuity but this really crosses the line. Not that I’d expect any less from someone who once said in 2005 that “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.”

UPDATE- MARCH 5, 2012

Advertisers are fleeing from Limbaugh’s show after his comments about Sarah Fluke. From HuffPost:

AOL announced on Monday that it is pulling its money from Limbaugh’s radio program. “At AOL one of our core values is that we act with integrity,” said Maureen Sullivan, an AOL spokeswoman. “We have monitored the unfolding events and have determined that Mr. Limbaugh’s comments are not in line with our values. As a result we have made the decision to suspend advertising on The Rush Limbaugh Radio show.”

Other companies withdrawing their funding include Mortgage lender Quicken Loans, mattress retailers Sleep Train and Sleep Number, online data backup service provider Carbonite, software maker Citrix Systems Inc., online legal document services company LegalZoom and flower company ProFlowers.

I’m glad to see that there are people willing to stand up for decency in our country’s political discourse.

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