I do not understand why any woman in the United States who has any self-worth would want to be a Republican today. I cannot help but wonder if some of these women have been completely brainwashed by either their parents or their spouse. As much as I despise the politics of both major parties in the United States, the double standard of the Republican Party galls me the most.
Rush Limbaugh thought it all right to call Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University Law student, a slut and a prostitute. I do not know how much more insulting one person can be but Limbaugh honestly believed what he said. He, of course, tried to retract his statements when the stuff hit the fan but he did not mean it. He spoke his truth with the first words out of his mouth. The sad part is, he speak for a lot of the Republican Party. How can I say that? There was little condemnation that emanated from his fellow Republicans following his statement.
Limbaugh says what other think, and he has a long history of such remarks. He knows the more outrageous he sounds the bigger his audience. But the sad part of that, a lot of his audience is allowing him to do their thinking for them. Some years ago they took great pride in being called “ditto-heads.” Even though that is not being said anymore, the sentiment has not gone away.
Back in the 1980s when I was in graduate school, I took two courses in women’s studies. In both courses there were about 20 women and me, the only male in the class. I can tell you unequivocally that about half the class wanted to cut my balls off and feed them to me. I finished both courses and received an A in each. The courses were taught by a female professor so I did not get any break there. But I learned a lot in those courses about women’s history. The said part is, too many men still view women in a negative light. It is my belief that the majority of those men are quite conservative. They still like the barefoot and pregnant tack.
Sandra Fluke was simply testifying before Congress about her experience with birth control. Prior to that she had no celebrity. No one outside her family and friends knew her. She was just someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, someone’s friend. But then Limbaugh that it appropriate to attack her for her beliefs. In doing so he has assaulted every daughter, every wife, every sister in America. His narrow bigoted beliefs trumped everything else, at least as far as he was concerned. Rather than address Miss Fluke’s appearance before Congress in a rational and respectful manner, he chose to defame her otherwise good character and vilify her before all America. The bell is rung and cannot be unrung. Sandra Fluke has been negatively labeled in the minds of millions of conservative American women for no good reason at all.
In Limbaugh’s mind, every daughter, every wife, every sister, every mother who has used birth control is a prostitute and a slut. There is no other was to interpret what he has said! Every mother, every sister, every daughter, every wife who has used birth control should be outraged.
For these reasons, and others, I find it so very difficult to understand how any American woman can look herself in the mirror and be happy with herself if she has not condemned Limbaugh’s actions. I cannot understand the Republican Party’s loud silence on the subject as well. Limbaugh labeled all women who fought for women’s rights and equal protection under the law as “feminazis.” He has not taken that back nor has the Republican Party distanced themselves from him. It just makes me wonder.