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Rush Limbaugh used the words “slut” and “prostitute” to describe a woman, Sandra Fluke, who went before Congress in an attempt to force someone else to pay for her contraception.
The appropriately-named Ms. Fluke, though apparently fully at ease publicly demanding subsidies for her private sex life, came down with a massive case of the vapors upon hearing Mr. Limbaugh’s comments.
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After being revived with smelling salts, she proclaimed, while fanning herself repeatedly, that Mr. Limbaugh’s comments were an effort to “shut her up.”
No, Ms. Fluke, they were not. His comments were an effort to introduce you to a concept that is sadly unfamiliar to many of my generation: shame.
And you ought to be ashamed. Your entire argument is based on the idea that women are such moronic sex-maniacs that, unless someone else freely provides every form of birth control known to man, we’ll all be popping out babies like crack-addled Pez dispensers.
It is you, Ms. Fluke, not Mr. Limbaugh, who has been demonstrating a clear case of misogyny and anti-feminism.
I don’t disagree with Mr. Limbaugh’s apology, especially since he made it clear the he was apologizing not for the message, but the packaging.
But I’m not about to string the man up by his thumbnails for calling Ms. Fluke sexually-charged names when she’s the one who brought up her sex life in the first place — again, in the context of trying to force other people to pay for it.
And I’m especially inclined to cut the man some slack, considering all this came around the same time as the death of one of his most accomplished colleagues and a bomb scare at his own home.
It takes a deeply good person to apologize when
A.) He should be the last one apologizing, and
B.) The person to whom he is apologizing is the sort of shameless hack who will almost certainly use it as a weapon against him.
Mr. Limbaugh, you have more than earned my respect.
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