Yes, his sponsors threatened to quit, but some did anyway. More importantly, there was no moral imperative to do so because I doubt a modern woman like Ms. Fluke is insulted by Rush’s word choice. And get this, our President who doesn’t want his daughter to be punished with a baby, called Sandra Fluke to see how she’s coping with Rush’s comments. What a phony!
These day and age being accused of sleeping around — even for money — is not a big a deal. “Slut” is simply a semi-rude word (we all can think of stronger expressions) for behavior that is not exactly unacceptable, and in some circles is even desirable. In the era of 3rd wave feminism, when women are called sluts, they buy skimpy outfits and go on parades. Hence the Slutwalk phenomenon sweeping Europe and North America.
A Slutwalk on Trafalgar Square
Rush didn’t ruin Sandra Fluke’s reputation, and if she is losing any sleep at all, that’s because she’s exposed her for a lair.
And this is my sharp tongue, I say what I want
Being called a psycho or a racist, on the other hand is seriously damaging. While I agree that racists should be ran out of polite society, this should apply to the real hate only.
I have a feeling their parents are proud of them
Calling Ms. Fluke a slut is not a new low for American political commentary. HBO’s recent film Game Change, for instance, is an ad hominem attack on Sarah Palin, and great many leftty pundits are cheering the tragic death of Andrew Breitbart. The film made Sarah Palin look like a head case. Two years ago, Beitbart was falsely accused of manipulating Shirley Sherrod tapes and called a racist. As the Shirley Sherrod affair was unfolding I thought “Gosh, Andrew Breitbart must have a heart made of steel!”
Judged by contemporary standards, Rush’s word choice was rather mild. The substance of his comments, however, is dangerous.
UPDATE: Linked by Mark America — thanks!
UPDATE 3/10/2012: Reblogged by Megan Fox — Thank you!
UPDATE 3/12/2012: Linked by Maggie’s Notebook — Thank you!