By now, everyone is aware of Rush Limbaugh’s referring to Georgetown Law 3L Sandra Fluke a “slut” for advocating in favor of birth control.

Everyone is probably aware that his sponsors are avoiding him like the Plague, with many of them dropping him within the past few days.

Well today, the King of the Dittoheads issued a statement, which he would like to call an “apology,” but I sure as hell am not:

For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke… 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.

Let’s parse this statement a little, shall we?

Rush is correct in saying that he has “illustrated the absurd with absurdity,” although he would have you think that he is engaging in parody while I would posit it is demagoguery.  But frankly, even that’s beside the point.  The real point is that Rushie thinks that what he did was pose an “analogy,” not a “personal attack.”

There are some words out there that are not okay to use against anyone, especially in a public setting.  “Slut,” “faggot,” and “nigger,” just to name a few.  So if someone uses those words against someone, I’m not sure how I’m supposed to take it other than a personal attack.  Now to be sure the latter two terms are derogatory because they refer to long-maligned groups of people, and are intended to be used in an insulting sense.  But, worse yet, a term like “slut” has a much more powerful connotation and intent to its use.

I believe that in modern society, an adult’s choice to have sex is their own, and not one to be judged by others.  If a woman (or a man) wishes to engage in acts with different sexual partners, that is their choice.  I would implore him or her to be safe, but hey, it’s their choice.  But there is a real social stigma attached to people who commonly have sex.  “Slut shaming” has become a serious problem in our society, with people passing judgment against others without even attempting to know the whole situation.

And that, my friends, brings us back to Ol’ Limbaugh.  Apparently, he sees no issue with publicly deriding Ms. Fluke as a “slut.”  In fact, he thinks that the word is “humorous.”  So, obviously, what he might want us to believe is a Freudian slip is deserving of our forgiveness.  I call bullshit.  I can take the time now to get into the fact that, just because a woman is on birth control, it doesn’t mean that she is engaging in any sexual activity, much less frequent sexual activity.  I may not be any expert on women’s health, but I understand that birth control can help regulate painful periods, inhibit unwanted weight gain, and even prevent unsightly acne, all simple biological facts that Rush has forgotten.  But that’s beside the point.  Let’s just assume for a second that Sandra Fluke has sex with a different man every night.  Let’s say she is sexually promiscuous.  I would have no idea if she is, but let’s pretend for a second.

Why the hell is that any of your business, Limbaugh, and how the hell dare you deride a person who you have never met publicly, on national radio, as a “slut?”

Apology not accepted.


6 Responses to A Disingenuous Apology

  1. JMPrince says:

    Umm No EF, Even if no one else will say it, it’s pretty obvious. Sex between Consenting adults is not ‘bad behavior’. It’s pretty damn normal, for every period of human history you may care to examine. So what’s the issue? Again the claim of ‘Subsidizing the Sluts’ as Limbaugh & others of his ilk are wailing about?

    So is that the issue? Let’s monetize that. The Prevention of Pregnancy is far cheaper than the Treatment & Care of same. That’s a very simple medical & public health concept we’ve had with us oh, for 80 years or so. Sure it’s grown more acceptable since 1965 & Griswold, so that’s 40 years + and counting. So what are we talking about, really? About $26 per female enrollee per year for insurance. That’s the ‘undue burden’ of ‘slutdom’ here. And yes please, run on a platform against all premarital sex, just like the SC GOP is inching up to now.

    The facts say that MOST women & men of the last, oh 50-60 years have engaged in premarital sex & by wide margins. (See Guttmacher again for the eyeopening stats). The rest is just a very disingenuous needless argument over various vain concepts of a purely miserable ‘moral hazard’, meanly & greedily applied.

    It is and remains deeply, tragically and historically wrong on almost all counts. And you still do not get to call adult women sluts for engaging in sex, no more than you can curse diabetics, tell the handicapped & crippled that it’s ‘gawd’s will’, or even refuse to treat addicts & gang related gun shot victims. Basic stuff. JMP

  2. Evelyn Farrington says:

    Don’t Democrats owe Sarah Palin a huge apology then?

  3. Evelyn Farrington says:

    None of this changes the fact that Limbaugh is correct. In cases where birth control is a medical necessity, there is no objection. The objection is about subsidizing bad behavior. As we approach the end of political wailing and teeth-gnashing, the debt problem must be solved by cutting out wasteful spending – It begins by getting out of the business of subsidizing people’s immorality and lack of self-control!

    • Jen B. says:

      “The objection is about subsidizing bad behavior.”

      No. I’m pretty sure they are objecting to birth control on principle, which would include married couples who may decide to not have a third child.

  4. E.Brown says:

    Rush’s head and bigoted show needs to roll! Your thoughts are well received.