Well, you can thank Rush Limbaugh for the change.
I am a proud Liberal woman. Lately, I have been quietly fuming about all the assaults that have been happening on women's reproductive health care, but I haven't done anything but vent about it to other people.
Then I heard about the comments Rush Limbaugh has been making against Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about/have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, I'll explain the situation.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) held a hearing about the Obama administration’s new regulation requiring employers and insurers to provide contraception coverage to their employees, but they prevented women from testifying on the issue.
During the all male panel on whether religious institutions should have to provide free contraception to their female employees (lets just take a moment to reflect on the fact that men were the only one's allowed to talk on a panel about female contraception) Sandra Fluke was denied the chance to speak.
Later, at a Democratic hearing, Fluke told the sad story about how a friend of her at Georgetown, a lesbian, has polycystic ovarian syndrome and has to take prescription birth control to stop cysts from growing on her ovaries. However, since Georgetown University is a Catholic university, her friend's student health insurance would not cover the cost.
After paying several hundred dollars out of pocket, the girl was forced to stop taking to contraception since she could no longer afford it. The cysts on her ovary got so big that the girl now had to have surgery to remove her ovary. She is now in early menopause and no longer able to have children.
Fluke's story is one that many woman go through. 98% of women in America have used contraception, and not just for preventing pregnancies.
However, when Limbaugh got wind of the story, the always classy Rush began to talk about Fluke on his radio program, calling her a "prostitute" and a "slut." He also said that the reason Fluke couldn't afford contraception was because she and the other girls at Georgetown were having "so much sex."
I've grown use to people like Limbaugh slut shaming girls for having the gall to use contraception and even (gasp!) enjoy sex. Plus, his stupidity clearly shows when he Fluke was actually talking about (contraception for medical reasons) when completely over his head.
But on his next radio show, he crossed a line that even I thought he couldn't cross. Here is what he said to Miss Fluke and the rest of the "Feminazis":
Yes girls, if you have the nerve to want affordable contraception coverage, you shouldn't have any trouble posting a sex tape, because you are obviously a whore who has so much sex that you can barely afford the pill.
Reacting to the (understandable) outrage over his remarks, dear old Rush only had this to say:
Rush is, of course, referring to Conservative Santorum Super PAC donor Foster Friess, who said that back in his day, that gosh darn pill wasn't that expensive because "gals" just put "aspirin between their knees." I hope you all realize that aspirin is not a contraceptive, and what Friess really meant was that girls should just keep their legs closed if they don't want to get pregnant. Boys, however, are free to carry on as they wish.
LIMBAUGH: I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want.
Guess what Rush? I must be one of those Feminazi sluts, because when I was fourteen, I started taking the pill for (gasp!) medical reasons. I no longer take the pill because I have no need for it anymore, but someday, and I know this might be hard for you to handle, I'll start taking it again.
And guess what Rush? I'm also a Christian. Let that soak into your brain for a minute.
So for you lovely eyes Rush, here is my sex tape:
This slut shaming is nothing but a horrible way to silence women, and to bring us back to the "good old days" when just talking about contraception could get you arrested, and women who needed an abortion went to back alley doctors.
So keep talking, Sandra Fluke. All women who want affordable contraception, keep talking.
Just keep talking.