7 Expert Opinions On Rush Limbaugh's "Slut" Comments

7 Expert Opinions On Rush Limbaugh's "Slut" Comments

7 Expert Opinions On Rush Limbaugh's "Slut" Comments

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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.

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?"

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.'"

5. Free Contraception: 1 Step Forward Or Fluke In Freedom?, Charly Emery: "With so many experts and critics caught up in castigating the original round of criticism, are we missing the most crucial contradiction contained in Sandra's request? Is the call for complimentary birth control from a liberated, reproductive rights activist a step forward for women or a foul 'Fluke' in female empowerment?"

6. Thank You, Rush Limbaugh!, Shoshana Bennett: "It's great that Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a slut and a prostitute! By saying what he did, this misogynistic ignoramus inadvertently launched public awareness on this important issue like never before."

7. Sex, Shame & Sandra Fluke, Christina Dunbar: "Calling women 'slut' or 'whore' is actually the easiest way to shut a woman down because it hits us at the core of our feminine nature. The shame sets in and then the cycle begins. We feel shame, we lose connection to our bodies and our emotions, we then disconnect from our power, and we also shut down in the area of our voice. The woman is silenced. The leader within is hidden."