I have to ask myself, what it is about vagina that makes White male Republican lawmakers hate it so much.
I’ve not talked to one lately to ask them, but it sure seems like they hate vagina.
The 2012 Republican primaries have gone off message from we must beat President Obama, to vagina is the enemy.
You kind of have to wonder if this was some grand design by President Obama, or if the Republicans simply can’t help themselves when presented with an opportunity to oppress a minority in this great nation of ours. It began with the Catholic church complaining that they might have to pay for contraceptives in health insurance packages and has disintegrated into the defacto leader of the party, one Mr Rush Limbaugh having to apologize for being an obnoxious blowhard.
On the one hand I want to thank the universe for small favors, on the other I am now afraid of this thing I am sitting on, my vagina. Apparently this is some powerful stuff that the United States legislature feels the need to monitor its use. That is what this debate really is about if you didn’t know, my ability to use (or not use) my vagina and uterus in the manner I feel is best for me, as a woman.
A small decision by Health and Human Services has exposed misogyny a plenty in the men who rule the world. Are we actually that surprised?
The HHS ruling that employers would be required to provide preventive care, at no additional costs to women, was twisted by the Republican party into President Obama is shitting on the First Amendment right to religious freedom. Yeah, that same President Obama who is a Constitutional lawyer.
Entities like the Catholic church wanted to know WHY they had to pay for birth control! It’s against what we teach! or at least that is what the Republicans would have you believe. It was not a matter of HHS saying the church had to hand out condoms with the Eucharist, it was explaining to the church as an employer that you can not discriminate against women, by making the cost of their health care prohibitive and risk their health in the meantime.
The ruling was not just about the IUD, it was about things like cervical biopsies, and mammograms, but it was the audacity of the HHS to say that the birth control pill can also be considered preventative care that the right ran with, and is still running with.
I get that this is difficult for our White male lawmakers to get, but sometimes birth control is not just about preventing pregnancy. I understand that it is also difficult for our White Male lawmakers to understand that even if it IS about preventing pregnancy…so the fuck what?
Well now we get to what this is really about, White men wanting to inhibit a woman’s ability to decide when, where and how to use her uterus.
The religious right would if given the opportunity eliminate all methods of birth control, ban abortion, and sentence women to either celibacy or a series of unwanted pregnancies. With the good Southern Baptists are nodding in approval of this idea, lets look at this situation as if it were 2012 and not 1812.
The idea that in the 21st century women are not “supposed” to have the same sexual choices as men is preposterous. Although I suspect that if women were to conform to the idea that people such as Rick Santorum would like us to, then the position would change.
Allegedly these heterosexual men want to have sex with women, yet without birth control and without access to abortion, the amount of sex these alleged heterosexual men could get would diminish greatly. Again this is 2012. Women NOW understand the concept of being something other than a petri dish to grow a baby. Since we can’t go back to a time when women were uneducated and unable to earn a living, then well, something would have to give and that would be sex.
Santorum while he is not busy comparing homosexuality to bestiality, or trying to alter his Google presence, is telling the world that contraception is wrong! It give license for people (women) to do things that are not right (fucking) and it is a drain on society (equal rights). I know that there are people out there who agree with him, because their leader said so.
Rush Limbaugh is an American radio show host who over the years has complained about the feminist movement, and has resorted to calling women who are not barefoot and pregnant “feminazis”. I won’t even go off on the tangent of why it is not okay to walk about calling people Nazi’s, I will push forward to Rush Limbaugh telling women exactly what the Republican party thinks of them. Apparently no one get the memo when they propped up Sarah Palin as a legitimate Vice Presidential candidate.
Limbaugh in response to
The woman on the right, Sandra Fluke is a graduate student at Georgetown University, a Jesuit college, and by extension of that an employee of Georgetown. Sandra testified before Congress (White male lawmakers) about the prohibitive cost of birth control for someone like herself. She spoke about her costs being upwards of $3,000 per year. If you’ve been a graduate student, you absolutely understand just how hard it is to gather $3,000 a year.
Limbaugh went off on one of his rants, using Fluke as an example of how the Obama Administration wanted to stomp on the First Amendment…only:
#1 – who says that Sandra Fluke is sexually active? Seriously. The assumption is that if Sandra is on the birth control pill, then Sandra must be fucking, yet it is ignored that the pill is prescribed to women for conditions such as PMDD. So, again prove that she is fucking. Oh you can’t? Gee.
#2 – if she is fucking? Why should she have to make the choice between planning a pregnancy or possibly having an abortion? I have no direct knowledge of Ms Fluke’s position on abortion, but when an unplanned pregnancy happens, that is one of the options available to her (for the time being at least)
So Limbaugh froths at the mouth that Ms Fluke is having so much sex that she can’t afford to pay for it. He then says that the sex he assumes she is having, makes her a slut and suggests that if Georgetown is forced to pay for her birth control pills she should post her sexual activities on-line in some strange White male privilege quid pro quo/Jenna Jameson fantasy gone wrong.
Rush did issue this apology though:
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? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit?In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.
My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.
I am not impressed.
Only a man that hates women would find humor in calling her a slut in front of millions of people. Only a man who hates women would apologize for a poor choice of words, and ignore the intent behind the tirade, and the suggestion that a graduate student become a porn star.
If you DO think that Rush was sincere, then I point you to his discussion about the advertisers who’ve left his program over the anger from the 98% of women (estimated by the CDC) that use some form of contraception:
See, I understand my successes come from you. During the year, many of you regale me with how much the program has meant to you personally, your family, over the years. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas I take time out to tell you that no matter what this program’s meant to you, it can’t compare to what you have meant to me and my family. In fact, I have no adequate way to express my gratitude to you. Just doesn’t exist. It’s how great my gratitude for all of you is. Without you, advertisers would have no need to participate in this program. So what we’re gonna do is replace those that leave, those that no longer want access to you, those advertisers who no longer want your business, fine. We’ll replace them. It’s simple, really.
So Rush is essentially saying fuck the Huffington Post, I will get my money elsewhere to be able to continue to call women sluts & feminazis.
Well he will unless we take a stand to stop him.
Pressure has been known to bust pipes. Rush often accuses those to the left of is ideology of attempting to : ” Only the leftists try to use extortion, pressure, threats to silence opposing voices.”
Rush and his dittoheads are not like the left though….they are determined to silence the voice of women by occupying their uterus.