As a woman who grew up in the midst of the feminist revolution and fought to win women’s rights on issues like abortion and birth control, I have been appalled by the latest efforts by the right wing zealots to control women’s rights on these issues.
Nothing however has appalled me more I believe than Rush Limbaugh’s misogynistic comments about Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University student “who was denied the right to speak on the controversial all-male conception panel at a hearing last month.”
The conservative radio host’s remarks sparked an angry backlash from House Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. But instead of heeding their requests for an apology, Limbaugh doubled down against what he called the “conniption fit” of the House Democrats.
Echoing Foster Friess, the single largest donor to the pro- Rick Santorum’s super PAC, Limbaugh said that he would “happily buy [Fluke] all the aspirin she wants.”
Limbaugh was referencing the comment Friess made in February when he said the “gals” in “his day” put aspirin between their legs in lieu of contraception. Limbaugh then expanded his offer to include the university’s entire female student body.
“I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want,” he said.
Rush Limbaugh is a vile, misogynistic pig, who doesn’t know when to back down. I’ve had enough!!!
Republicans refused to allow Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke to testify on why contraception should be covered by insurance. Democrats later gave Fluke a chance to testify, and top GOP megaphone Rush Limbaugh weighed in what it means when a woman seeks affordable contraception:
“It makes her a slut, right … a prostitute … Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives … we want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”
Demand that Rush Limbaugh apologize for these incredibly appalling and ignorant remarks. Misogyny must be called out, especially when it comes from a mouthpiece of the Republican Party.
I want to take a moment also to note that young women need to get involved with this fight against the war on women, if they are not. We fought to get you your rights for abortion and birth control – please get involved to keep them!