Is It OK To Call Sandra Fluke A 'Slut?'

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Is It OK To Call Sandra Fluke A 'Slut?'
Why Rush Limbaugh shouldn't be excused for his language towards Sandra Fluke.

Steering clear of “pot calling kettle black,” I want to make sure that I simply make a candid observation. “Slinging derogatory comments at someone proves you’re more of an ass with each passing moment you open your mouth.” Now that I’ve got that out of my system, let’s talk about Mr. Rush Limbaugh and his use of the word slut, which he lobbed with vile ease at Sandra Fluke just a few days ago.

Let’s start by looking at the definition of “slut.” According to Dictionary.com, slut is defined as: “A dirty, slovenly woman, an immoral or dissolute woman; prostitute.” Good thing we got that cleared up. Now, all of us gay guys don’t have to take anyone seriously anymore when they call us sluts! Let it also be known that, not only do you need to be a woman to be a called a slut, but you are also a slut if you take or utilize contraceptives. Advice: My Son Just Came Out Of The Closet

Seriously though, if you look beneath the covers of the definition, you will further uncover there’s more to the word than meets the eye. If we look at the word “slovenly” to help further define the word slut, it clarifies that a slut is: “Untidy or unclean in appearance or habits.” Not sure about you, but the Sandra Fluke that I observed did not cause me to say, “She sure is slovenly!” Quite the contrary! She presented herself in a mature, professional, compassionate manner before a congressional committee. I’m just wondering if the same could be said of Mr. Limbaugh?

Regardless of whether you agree to disagree with Ms. Fluke’s stance or opinions regarding contraceptives, the reality is this. A prominent, popular talking head (Limbaugh) utilized his media platform to make a derogatory comment about a woman that he didn’t even know. Granted, Limbaugh is entitled to his First Amendment rights, as is any other American. However, what I am confused by is where it states in the First Amendment that the use of derogatory statements towards another human being qualifies you as being superior and having the right to demean another human being. 5 Tips For Loving The Gay Man Within

No one, regardless of positions or views, is worthy of this type of personal degradation. As a homosexual man, I’ve been scorned by this type of narrow-minded backlash and felt the sting of “you’re nothing but a second-class, untidy, unclean human” because of your assumed “habits” or "lifestyle." But at the core of this debate, I ask one simple question:

“Who really demonstrated their immoral, untidy, unclean habits for the world to see?”

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