Wingnuttia rises in defense of Rush Limbaugh’s right to call women “sluts”

Megadittos!


The right wing has lost its collective mind:

Announcing The Carbonite Accountability Project

On Saturday, March 3, 2012, Carbonite announced that it was dropping its advertising on the Rush Limbaugh Show even after Limbaugh had apologized to Sandra Fluke for certain comments made regarding Ms. Fluke.

When the controversy originally broke, Carbonite took a principled stand that its advertising was not an endorsement of a particular talk show host’s views, and that it was not political

[…]

This blog and many others have called attention to the fact that Carbonite’s advertising policy is not consistently applied.

Carbonite continues to advertise on the Ed Schultz Show, despite Mr. Schultz’s long history of verbal attacks on the Tea Party movement and conservatives, including calling conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham a “slut,” for which Mr. Schultz later apologized.

Given Carbonite’s very public announcement, it is appropriate to keep track of whether Carbonite is living up to its own standards.

A special Focus Page has been created as a place at which readers can post information and links documenting whether Carbonite is advertising on programs and venues (including websites) which have engaged in personal attacks or uncivilized discourse.

This is a sunshine project, not a boycott.


The technical term for that last little bit is “bullshit.” They are trying to punish Carbonite for dropping Rush Limbaugh (and to threaten other advertisers who are contemplating doing the same).

This is not about fairness or double standards. This isn’t about religious freedom. It’s really not even about defending Rush Limbaugh’s right to call women “sluts” and “prostitutes.”

It’s tribalism.

I mean seriously – this is the second decade of the 21st Century. The Pill is as old as I am and I turn 52 next month. We’re supposed to believe that all these people are shocked to discover that single women in their twenties and thirties are sexually active?

The right wing only gives a shit about sexism and misogyny when right-wing women are the targets. To be fair, the left wing only cares about sexism and misogyny when left wing women are targeted the right wing targets left wing women.

The only real difference between Rush Limbaugh and Bill Maher is which side they’re on. They’re both scumbags.


UPDATE:

Violet Socks:

The myth of free birth control

If you’re a wingnut and your knowledge of Sandra Fluke comes from the right wing noise machine, you undoubtedly think that she was demanding that she and other students be provided with free birth control by the government, or by the Catholic Church, or perhaps by some terrifying chimera of the two. (I’m picturing the body of Darrell Issa with the Pope’s head on top.)

Here’s the real situation: Georgetown students buy their healthcare coverage through the University’s student health plan. It’s just like an employee health insurance plan, but for students. In fact, students at Georgetown, as at many universities, are required to carry this insurance (or prove that they have coverage elsewhere). The premiums run something like $1900 a year. And yet, even though female students are paying for their own health insurance, their birth control prescriptions aren’t included. That’s because Georgetown specifically excludes women’s contraceptive pills from the prescription plan, on account of the fact that the Catholic Church hates women. So female students have to buy health insurance plus pay for their ladyparts prescriptions out of pocket. Even if they have a serious disease that requires the pill as treatment.

Interestingly, the Georgetown employee healthcare plan does include birth control, because the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission would rain hell on their ass otherwise. That’s because of the EEOC ruling from 12 years ago that birth control is normal healthcare and that excluding it from an employee’s prescription plan constitutes sexist discrimination.*

And that’s what this is about: sexist discrimination. The women students at Georgetown are buying insurance to cover their healthcare needs, and yet they’re being discriminated against—denied basic modern medicine that is an integral part of women’s health—simply because they’re women.


The misinformation (lies) about what Sandra Fluke said is incredible. The wingnuts keeps claiming that Fluke wants taxpayers to pay her to have sex ten times a day. If you refer them the the actual transcript of her testimony they ignore it.



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37 Responses to Wingnuttia rises in defense of Rush Limbaugh’s right to call women “sluts”

    • DandyTiger says:

      That’s what I call a good day.

    • CK says:

      Anyone else notice Carbonite’s stock dive today.

      I guess when money talks………. bullshit walks.

      Just google yahoo finance

      • crawdad says:

        So do you support Rush Limbaugh’s right to call women sluts and prostitutes?

        • CK says:

          I do disagree with Mr. Limbaugh, but I will support his right to free speech.

          The hypocrisy of the Left is unmatched. It is the exact same people condemning Limbaugh who said the most vile things about Breitbart upon his death and about Sarah Palin and anyone who has threatened their hegemony over the narrative. “Bitter clingers” and “right-wing religious zealots” are their stock in trade. Blacks who vote or campaign as Republicans are called the most vile names. God forbid one disagrees with the party line. They can’t shoot dissidents, but they can do their best to destroy them.

          When the country has a majority who feel strongly about faith, their narrative distorts reality beyond recognition.

          This cannot stand.

        • gxm17 says:

          Well, CK, I hope that in your support of Rush’s free speech, you also call it what it is: Hate speech. And recognize it for what it is: A tool of oppression.

          Misogynistic hate speech has degraded public discourse far too long. IMO, we wouldn’t be in this sorry state—using sexist slurs to publicly denounce and denigrate women politicians, public figures, or citizens who bring their opinion and concerns to a public hearing—if we hadn’t allowed hate speech to slither its way into everyday conversation. Whether this crap comes from the left, the right, or anywhere in-between, call it what it is: Unacceptable. Deplorable. Hate speech.

          Any day that hate speech is rebuked through withdrawal of financial support is, as DT says, a good day. A damn good day.

  1. votermom says:

    Moving this up from the previous thread, since it’s on topic here:

    Palin facebooked Maher straight up Obama’s nose:

    Sarah Palin
    Pres. Obama says he called Sandra Fluke because of his daughters. For the sake of everyone’s daughter, why doesn’t his super PAC return the $1 million he got from a rabid misogynist?

  2. votermom says:

    To be fair, the left wing only cares about sexism and misogyny when left wing women are targeted.

    Not quite — only when they are targeted by right-wingers. Left wing men can target any any woman and not get called on it.

      • myiq2xu says:

        I corrected my post.

        • murphy says:

          Great post. Also love Update from Uppity. This whole “birth control is practically free, shut up Sluts!” argument, in addition to being rabidly sexist is also total bullshit. Pills are very cheap IF you have insurance coverage of prescriptions. Duh!!

          Otherwise they can cost as much as $50 a month. For college students who often subsist on ramen noodles and free beer at frat parties (yeah, right?) it’s pretty obvious that scraping together $50 bucks every 3rd week or so is gonna fail now and then. And young, fertile, sexually active women who aren’t reliably taking the pills EVERY DAY consecutively end up . . . pregnant.

          Assholes.

        • murphy says:

          oops, forgot link:

          http://health.costhelper.com/birth-control-pills.html

          And when they get pregnant, what do those screwed over young women end up needing? Abortions of course!

          These dickheads really DO want to shame women into being either virgins or pregnant sluts.

        • crawdad says:

          And when they get pregnant, what do those screwed over young women end up needing?

          They need to drop out of school, get married and become obedient housewives as god intended.

          /snark

        • gxm17 says:

          Prescription costs vary from community to community and pharmacy to pharmacy. I live in the DC metro area (can see the Georgetown spire as I drive to work on the GWMP) and the “U&C” charge listed on my BCP prescription claims it would come to over $1,000 a year. Even with health insurance it costs me about $33 a month.

          I really don’t understand these folks calling Fluke a liar and saying BC pills are cheap so they shouldn’t be covered on health insurance. The attacks against that young woman have been straight from the spleen, no thought involved, just a barrage of hate and ignorance.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    I’m not a Rush fan, but this is pretty good. In his own words…..

    http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2012/03/06/president_obama_s_hypocrisy_on_me

  4. votermom says:

    Great link courtesy of Uppity

    Obama as the ULTIMATE Cultural Warrior; lobs contraception bomb and laughs as it goes off, laughs as women get short straw

    http://www.femisex.com/content/obama-ultimate-cultural-warrior-lobs-contraception-bomb-and-laughs-it-goes-laughs-women-get-#comments

  5. driguana says:

    well, it really all boils down to being about “fairness and decency”…..and who is supposed to be the arbiter of that??????
    I’m afraid our entire “system” is crumbling under us…maybe that’s good….maybe not.

  6. DandyTiger says:

    Great post. Many times honkinesses applied. 🙂

  7. Three Wickets says:

    Here’s a good example of left wing misogyny from today’s news. Frat boys and frat girls at Columbia U.

    • Three Wickets says:

      Of course Jezebel is giving Obama a little boost with the coverage. Gawker kids will always help Obama.

    • murphy says:

      Good Christ, That was horrific Three Wickets!

      Despair.

    • DandyTiger says:

      So that’s how people at Columbia behave and think, and Obama went there. Makes perfect sense. Now can we track down all Columbia grads and drop them off somewhere. 🙂

  8. insanelysane says:

    I give this 5 OINKS!
    Good spiel.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    OT: Newt won GA. Too close to call in VA and VT. Btw Mitt and RoPaul 😀 Polls just closed in those states.

  10. Theresa Pechaty says:

    why isn’t anyone posing two questions:
    Why is this woman lying about the price of here birth control?
    Why isn’t any discussing the fact that this woman is engaging in unprotected sex and putting herself and others at risk for STDs and HIV especially. Yes….she is more than a slut, she is a political prosititute.

  11. yttik says:

    You know, many unions don’t provide contraceptive coverage and employers who self insure are often exempt from state laws. Some women union members have been fighting for contraceptive coverage for decades. But we (meaning the media) are not going to discuss the actual reality behind the political narrative because at the moment the Powers that Be need the story to be, “Republicans and Catholics hate women.” Telling the truth like, “apparently some unions hate women too” would muddy the narrative.

  12. foxyladi14 says:

    {{facepalm}}

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