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Rush Limbaugh's comments have caused quite the uproar.
You know the story: Sandra Fluke spoke out in favor of insured birth control, and got slut-shamed.

By now you know the story: Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke spoke out in favor of insured birth control, and got called names by conservative yell/talk-show host Rush Limbaugh.

Limbaugh's defenders (many of them commented on this article! We got so much feedback it's crazy) use the charming argument that the government shouldn't pay for peoples' "sexual lifestyles," so birth control shouldn't be part of insured healthcare — as if pregnancy and sexual health weren't a part of our, you know, health. Our YourTango Experts have spoken out on aspects of this story, like the slut-shaming and the demonizing of female sexuality. Read on for a rundown of what they had to say.

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1. Sandra Fluke & The Power Of Shame, Ronae Jull: "It's all about shame. Every woman who has been raised with put-downs knows what shame feels like. Every woman who has been in an abusive relationship (and even some who wouldn't classify their relationship as "abusive") knows what shame feels like. Sometimes it's the little things: jokes about your weight or body shape, little comments about how your needs are not important, dismissal of your opinions and so on. Sometimes it's big things: name calling and labels ('You're just a slut,' 'What do you expect with a past like yours?') or public putdowns and attacks like those received by Fluke."

2. Rush Limbaugh's Bold Remarks On Relationships & Marriage, Susie & Otto Collins: "So it's okay for men to sleep around but women get burned at the stake for fighting for birth control? What's wrong with that picture?"

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3. Sandra Fluke & The S.L.U.T. Hypocrisy, N. Meridian: "Where some men have historically wielded this word as their shield, others are stepping back and recognizing that fighting dirty, unless in a rink or behind closed doors, is truly offensive and uncalled for."

4. How Sandra Fluke Relates To 'The Myth Of Feminine Evil', John Gerson: "It is unfortunate that a variation of this practice is seen today in some strata of Arab culture, as evidenced by the stoning of women who have had sexual congress with men outside of marriage, and the acceptance of the brothers of such women killing their sisters to remove what is considered the 'blight of shame of family honor.'"

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