What Do You Call a Woman Who Is So ‘Sexually Active’ That She Needs More Contraception Than She Can Afford? UPDATE: Is Sandra Fluke a Fraud?
Posted on | March 2, 2012 | 101 Comments
Apparently, the old-fashioned Anglo-Saxon word “slut” won’t do:
Speaker John Boehner on Friday denounced radio host Rush Limbaugh’s “slut” remarks aimed at Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke, but the Ohio Republican also jabbed at Democrats who have been fundraising off the fracas.
“The speaker obviously believes the use of those words was inappropriate, as is trying to raise money off the situation,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in an e-mail Friday morning.
What has happened to our country where law students have to buy their own contraceptives? What has happened to us, folks? What have we done with our hearts? How did we become so cruel?
How did we become so heartless? Require each other to pay for the contraceptives of the women law students at Georgetown? Sandra Fluke reported to Pelosi: “It costs a female student $3,000 to have protected sex over the course of her three-year stint in law school, according to her calculations. ‘Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school,’ Fluke told the hearing. …” That’s a thousand dollars a year of sex — and, she wants us to pay for it. Now, what does that make her? She wants us to buy her sex. She wants us to pay for her sex, and she went to a congressional committee to close the sale.
The language Rush used is completely unacceptable…except when it’s used against the likes of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, myself, and every other prominent female conservative in public life, of course.
Let us be clear: Words have meanings. To call a woman a “slut” is to say that she is promiscuous — easy, a pushover, loose, “Runaround Sue” — whatever synonym you choose.
The pejorative intent of the word “slut” or any other such term is to express a disapproval of vice, because virtue loses some of its prestige if vice goes uncondemned. We praise and encourage honesty by our condemnation of liars, just as a high regard for courage requires us to scorn cowardice.
We cannot esteem loyalty without also denouncing two-faced backstabbing crapweasels. But why bring John McCain into this?
If we remove “slut” from our discourse, we thereby discard half the reward of chastity, namely the superiority of prestige that the virtuous woman should rightly enjoy in comparison to those who are less virtuous. And, I must hasten to add, we also degrade our discourse if we misuse “slut” as an ugly synonym for “woman I don’t like,” as the Left uses the word against conservative women who have never done anything to deserve a reputation for promiscuity.
The degradation of language is one of the weapons of totalitarianism. During the 1930s, epithets like “saboteur” and “parasite” were used by Stalin and his henchmen to vilify people in the Soviet Union whose only real crime was to have been suspected of posing a threat to Stalin’s supremacy. Nowadays, labels like “racist” and “homophobe” are applied with similar purpose by the Left in America, and this degradation of language in the age of Political Correctness (a phenomenon also known as Cultural Marxism) ought to alarm us, as a warning signal of an encroaching totalitarian ethos in our society.
The Left has substituted the clinical-sounding term “sexually active” for more value-laden terms used to describe promiscuity, because the Left is actively seeking to destroy the system of traditional moral values that condemns sex outside marriage. And while pretending that they have no such intent, the Democrats are exploiting the phony “War on Contraception” meme they’ve created for purely partisan political purposes.
We can laugh at the hysteria — “Republicans are coming to steal your ladyparts!” — but we cannot ignore the fact that the Left is engaged in a Culture War offensive with potentially serious consequences.
UPDATE: Jammie Wearing Fool finds evidence that Sandra Fluke, who was presented as a 23-year-old “coed,” is in fact 30 years old. She is an experienced left-wing activist, past president of “Law Students for Reproductive Justice” (!!!) and evidently enrolled at Georgetown University Law School with the specific purpose of challenging the Catholic university’s policy of denying insurance coverage for contraception.
So apparently, this was all a phony political stunt. It’s a good thing Sandra Fluke didn’t dress up like a hooker and use a hidden camera, or she might have been denounced by Rolling Stone.
UPDATE II: It is important to keep in mind that this controversy involves a genuine public policy dispute, namely the attempt by Democrats to use ObamaCare to impose universal, mandatory, no-deductible, no-co-pay contraceptive coverage on private insurers — and to demonize any opponent as a misogynistic theocrat who would ban contraception. We must keep this in mind, I say, as headlines indicate that “SlutGate” is rapidly becoming an idiotic media carnival sideshow:
Carly Fiorina: Limbaugh ‘insulting’
Second Advertiser Pulls Out From Limbaugh
— Think Progress
The purpose of the carnival sideshow is to distract you from what is really at issue, by focusing your attention on scapegoats and inflammatory appeals to emotional triggers.