Much has been said in the last week over Rush Limbaugh, his calling Sandra Fluke a “slut,” the ensuing withdrawing of advertisers (ThinkProgress says it’s up to 45 now), Rush’s apology, and whether it was sincere.
There is one point I’d like to add to. And it’s that I have little doubt – sad though this may be – that if all Rush had done was to call Sandra Fluke a slut, this would not have become nearly the story it has been. Similar things have happened before (examples: Ed Schultz and Laura Ingraham, or Bill Maher and Sarah Palin). No, the real kicker was when he said this:
“So Miss Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”
That. That right there. It’s fucked up, isn’t it? Rush Limbaugh said that he’s entitled to get masturbation material because “we” are paying for her contraceptives and “thus” for her to have sex. Ignore the fact that she wants private entities – insurers – to cover contraceptives (as opposed to taxpayers). Ignore the fact that women on the pill take exactly the same amount of it whether they have sex once per month or five times per day. Even after ignoring those things, you have something so obviously creepy that there is no defense of it. In fact, it’s so bad, that in nearly every article about the controversy, you will only see reference to the “slut” and “prostitute” comments and not about the sex video (example). It’s like people prefer to pretend that it never happened.