Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh apologized to Georgetown University Law School student Sandra Fluke for calling her a "slut" and a "prostitute" after she spoke out about her support for requiring health care providers to cover women's birth control. Yet in his "apology" he sounds more like a recalcitrant child than someone who "gets it."
It's no wonder advertisers are pulling out of his broadcast, Syracuse University Professor of Pop Culture Robert Thompson tells the Associated Press:
He starts out with a little introduction, he then goes on to put his political opinions about what he feels about this issue, and then, at the very end he goes, 'my choice of words was not the best' (laughs). That's hardly a strong apology.
Limbaugh also underscored his position regarding the administration's requirement that employers provide health insurance coverage for birth control.
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability?
Limbaugh's comments show what a hypocrite he truly is. Lest we forget, in 2006, Limbaugh was detained by U.S. Customs officials at Palm Beach International Airport after returning from the Dominican Republic with Viagra in his possession? So Americans should pay for his recreational and social activities but women who expect the same coverage for birth control should be publicly chastised and demeaned?
Clearly Limbaugh is unaware that birth control pills also have non-contraceptive benefits.
According to medical experts, the pill can also protect against endometrial and ovarian cancers (some experts believe taking the pill reduces the risk by as much as 70 percent after 12 years of use), relieve painful period symptoms by decreasing bleeding, provide PMS relief by steadying hormones and clearing skin by boosting estrogen and decreasing levels of testosterone that stimulates oil production.
Viagra, on the other hand, serves only one purpose and that is sexual -- curing erectile dysfunction. It has no proven health benefits whatsoever.
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, in her Sunday op-ed brilliantly notes:
It's hard to believe that not that long ago, Bob Dole, the former G.O.P. leader and presidential nominee, was a spokesman for Viagra. (Mother Jones pointed out that Rush, a Viagra fan, might be confusing the little blue pill and birth control, since "when and how much sex you have is unrelated to the amount of birth control you need.")
Rush and Newt Gingrich can play the studs, marrying again and again until they find the perfect adoring young wife. But women pressing for health care rights are denigrated as sluts.
Where's your accountability and integrity Rush? The only person Americans should be listening to is Ms. Fluke who clearly has her priorities straight by challenging elder, male health care bureaucrats. These Viagra-popping politicos have no problem having sex with multiple women but god-forbid the heath care system that they benefit from extend contraceptive coverage to their sexual partners.
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