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March 2, 2012

It Official: Rush Limbaugh Is My Favorite Feminist

Filed under: feminism, politics, relationships, society — Tags: , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 4:30 pm

This one is also for Andrew Breitbart

I am sure my readers have been following the trials and tribulations of a middle age (well, she’s 30, which historically was considered middle age) woman who goes by the last name of Fluke. Ms. Fluke is a student at one of the nation’s top law schools who made a claim that law co-eds forgo contraception because they are not able to cover the cost.  I say it’s bogus.  Judging by the fact that college students are pretty good at avoiding pregnancies, contraception can not possibly be such a pressing issue.  In fact, women with advanced degrees became so good at postponing childbearing, we often require medical help once we feel that we are finally ready to become mothers.

Of course, some law students do start families while in school.  A former co-worker went to Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  There, she joked, everyone was pregnant.  Even one man was pregnant.  What she meant to say, is that religious Jewish women who eschewed birth control went to Yeshiva.  What she also meant to say, is that secular women start pushing out babies later, and to plan our lives this way is easy.  In certain circles getting pregnant while in school equals undue burden, and law students being pot-committed simply don’t go there.

Today Rush Limbaugh said the following about Ms. Fluke’s demands of “free” birth control:

I wouldn’t deny her her birth control pills.  That’s not what this is about. This isn’t about birth control pills, anyway, folks.  This isn’t about contraception anyway.  This is about expanding the reach and power of government into your womb, if you’re a woman.  This is about the Democrat Party wanting more and more control over you.  What was early feminism all about?  Emancipation, individuality, freedom, liberation, all of these things. Now here comes Danica Patrick out and she says, “I’m perfectly comfortable letting the government make my health decisions for me.”  Well, folks, I’m gonna tell you: Right there, that’s the death and the end of feminism.

As they say, dItto.  Do we really need a man to remind us what feminism is?  Feminism is about women behaving like grown ups, about being able to take care of ourselves.  We women are perfectly capable of surviving outside the protective custody of our fathers and husbands.

Sex is for adults.  People unable to take care of the consequences of sexual activity — provide for an offspring or figure out how to avoid pregnancy, for instance — might as well move into their parents’ basement.  Ms. Fluke should have her daddy chaperon her to Georgetown.  Except that now that the government plays the daddy, no biological father in his right mind will do it.

I’m not saying that fathers need to escort their middle age daughters, quite to the contrary.  Because I want to keep our freedom, I realize that we need to fight against the likes of Sandra Fluke.  I’m not about to surrender the control of my reproduction faculties to the federal government.  In the great majority of cases contraception is not a health issue, this is a lifestyle issue, and I’m opposed to giving up my personal choices to a faceless bureaucrat, male or female.

Actually, Christina Hoff Sommers is my favorite feminist.

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14 Comments »

  1. You’re on a mission, aren’t you? Cool.

    Comment by AHLondon — March 2, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

  2. She apparently attended Gtown to challenge this policy. Her claim that a law student would spend $1,000 per year on birth control is crap. The pill is $9 per month down the street… was confirmed.

    Rush is right and Fluke – pronounced Fluck – is a partisan hack.

    Comment by Harrison — March 2, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

    • I think Rush’s apology was optional. People who put her on the podium to make blatantly false statements about her sex life are the ones who should apologize.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — March 3, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

      • When will Bill Mahler apologize for calling Palin a dumb twat?

        Comment by Harrison — March 4, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

    • She could have gotten birth control pills for free at Planned Parenthood. How can someone be smart enough to get into law school and still be so stupid she doesn’t know how to get contraception for nothing or next to nothing? More to the point, how does a law student have so little to do that she can be having recreational sex all the time? When I went to college we had to spend most of our waking hours studying or we would flunk out. If the female law students at Georgetown have so little studying to do that they’re bored, they should get part-time jobs at the local Starbucks or Wendy’s or something and earn a little money. Then they wouldn’t have to keep demanding more taxpayer handouts.

      Comment by Bob — March 4, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

  3. Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    When I heard Limbaugh talking about this, I found myself both laughing and rolling my eyes. If we are paying so Ms. Fluke can have sex. That makes Ms. Fluke a what?

    What about the folks who insist we pay up? Are they our pimps?

    We need government to protect our rights. We do not need government officials imposing their values upon us in violation of our rights.

    Comment by Citizen Tom — March 4, 2012 @ 6:55 am

    • Federal government as a pimp. I love it.
      Personally, I don’t think Rush had to apologize. But I listened to his show today — it was great!

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — March 5, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

      • I really loved Rush’s analogy, too. Stinks that apologizing was the best business decision for him, but he kept it minimal. I just went round and round with some friend of a friend on FB over this issue. He was civil, but kept maintiaining that Repubs want to make a basic right unavailable to women, and I was like ahhhh! Refusing to pay for something is not making it unavailable!!!! And what about the religious rights of Catholic women, anyway?

        I seriously question the critical thinking skills of the average American at this point.

        good post
        Lin

        Comment by nooneofanyimport — March 7, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

        • I fear enough people will fall for the evil Republicans want to take away your birth control meme to swing the election. It’s ridiculous.

          Comment by edge of the sandbox — March 7, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

  4. Anyone who spends that much on birth control is probably qualified to take it as a business deduction.

    Comment by James Young — March 4, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

  5. How could you say that this man is your favorite feminist? Because he said one seemingly positive thing after he said a horrible one? Why are you letting yourself being brain-washed by an old saggy republican who has no respect for women! Shame on you. If you disagree with Fluke, thats on you. But you’re an awful judge of character if you really believe this man is a femist. He’d have a dog get an abortion before he abides by a woman’s sexual reproductive rights.

    Comment by Sandra — March 7, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    • Sandra, although Rush most definitely doesn’t consider himself a feminist, he is on record saying that feminists have no sense of humor. He does respect women, and I suggest you give him a listen. You’d be surprised. Then again, maybe you are still too young to appreciate it, so just give it a few years, have you heart broken a few times, get a job, do that kind of things. Then give him a listen — he has a lot of insights.
      Don’t let the feminist establishment brainwash you into thinking that abortion is some sort of cornerstone women’s issue. Most people in this country (myself included, and I’m a convert from the other side) oppose abortion on moral grounds. More importantly, legality of abortion will have no bearing on most of our lives. With contraception being cheap and accessible (the Pill is $5 a month at Target), abortion is a non-issue for the great majority of us. What matters for us and our families are good economy, affordable healthcare (i.e. Obamacare repeal) and respect. Don’t waste your time getting worked up about abortion; don’t let other women use you in their quest for power.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — March 8, 2012 @ 8:11 am


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