The 13 Worst Sexist Comments Rush Limbaugh Made About Sandra Fluke
In just the past day, conservative radio pundit Rush Limbaugh has dramatically increased his verbal attacks on Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, criticizing her for testifying at a hearing on women’s health held by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in support of President Obama’s religious accommodation on mandatory contraceptive coverage.
Using every misogynistic trick in the book, Limbaugh slut-shames, infantilizes, criminalizes, and bullies Fluke and, in turn, all women.
The lowlights below, via Media Matters:
- “What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke … who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.”
- “She’s having so much sex, it's amazing she can still walk"
- "Ms. Fluke, have you ever heard of not having sex?"
- “So Ms. Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. We want you post the videos online so we can all watch.”
- "I will happily buy Sandra Fluke all the aspirin she wants. … I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want."
- In response to a caller’s claim that for $5 his girlfriend can get a month’s worth of birth control at Wal-Mart: "That makes PMS almost worth it.”
- "She wanted to go there [Georgetown law] to stir it up. She was an anti-Catholic plant from the get-go on this"
- "This is flat-out thievery. It’s outright ridiculous that tax payers should pay for the personal sexual desires and habits of everybody, including women at Georgetown Law."
- In a baby voice, mocking a cry: “I'm going broke having sex, I need the government to provide me condoms and contraceptives. It's not fair."
- "Who bought your condoms in junior high? Who bought your condoms in the sixth grade? Or your contraception? Who bought your contraceptive pills in high school?"
- "[She is] a woman who is happily presenting herself as an immoral, baseless, no-purpose-to-her life woman. She wants all the sex in the world whenever she wants it, all the time, no consequences. No responsibility for her behavior."
- "It's just a new welfare program. And 'welfare' is a bad word, and they can't use it. They can't sell it. So now it's disguised—welfare disguised as women's health. Or women's reproductive rights."
- “Can you imagine if you're her parents, how proud of Sandra Fluke you would be? Your daughter goes up to a congressional hearing conducted by the Botox-filled Nancy Pelosi and testifies she's having so much sex she can't afford her own birth control pills and she agrees that Obama should provide them.”
Fluke responded to Limbaugh’s attacks with a statement on Thursday:
We are fortunate to live in a democracy where everyone is entitled to their own opinions regarding legitimate policy differences. Unfortunately, numerous commentators have gone far beyond the acceptable bounds of civil discourse.
No woman deserves to be disrespected in this manner. This language is an attack on all women, and has been used throughout history to silence our voices.
The millions of American women who have and will continue to speak out in support of women's health care and access to contraception prove that we will not be silenced.
During Fluke’s testimony, she shared a story about one of her friends who had ovarian cysts and needed contraceptive to control them. However, birth control wasn’t covered through her school’s insurance.
Naima Ramos-Chapman is an associate editor at Campus Progress.