Slut-Shaming is Not a Winning Strategy

In Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren has already hit Scott Brown for his vote on the execrable Blunt Amendment:

Senator Brown took sides with Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and the right wing of his party, against the people of Massachusetts, who in tough economic times rely on insurance to get the health care they need.

To repeat a point from yesterday, the ultimate outcome of Mitch McConnell’s vaunted practice of securing party discipline is this: a group of vulnerable GOP senators with clear votes on deeply unpopular policies, from Paul Ryan’s budget to this plan to give employers a veto over the private lives of their employees.

I’m amazed that Republicans are still on this road; as Amanda Marcotte points out, the initial compromise was an out for them. They could claim new ground as defenders of religious freedom, sow dissent among Democrats, and give the Obama administration a bad week of press. It was win-win for them. But like a novice chess player who confuses aggression with strategy, the GOP couldn’t stop its assault on the administration, and continued to escalate its attacks. In escalation, Republicans revealed the extent to which this fight isn’t actually about religious freedom—it’s about sex and the women who have it.

As far as I can tell, the GOP has fully committed itself to the proposition that women who have sex should be punished by their employers, a fact underscored by Rush Limbaugh’s cruel and hateful attack on Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University Law School student who testified before Congress about the problems that come with inadequate access to contraception. If you’ve been on the internet in the last 24 hours, you’ve probably heard Limbaugh’s misogynistic rant:

“What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra 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 she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We’re the pimps.” […]

“So Miss 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 to post the videos online so we can all watch,” he said.

The most important thing about this? Not a single Republican lawmaker has condemned Limbaugh for this vitriolic nonsense. Limbaugh isn’t just a radio host; he’s one of the most influential people in conservative politics, with millions of followers and regular praise from elected Republicans. The silence from GOP lawmakers isn’t evidence of agreement, but it’s certainly a sign that they fear the consequences of opposition.

With that in mind, here is a tip for the Republican Party: In 2008, nearly half of independents were women. You might think otherwise, but restricting their health care and calling them sluts isn’t a winning strategy.

Comments

Yesterday when I heard what Rush said on his show I had a hard time believing that ANY person would say such things and still have a show! I started looking into who advertises on Rush's show, but when you are on conservative radio that info is hard to obtain.
The time has come to get Rush off the air today I am going to start by writting this comment, then I am going to post what he said on face book and ask everyone who reads it to re post and call YOUR seantor and congressperson it does not matter the party ! This is not a party issue this is a human issue. People are with out jobs , with out health insurance and the GOP wants to talk about birth control, gay rights, seperatiion of chruch and state. How much more insult can we take, the 99% needs to say WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH ! Just for the record, I am middle class 55 year old white divorced women that lives in Montana , I put my name up here because I am not standing in the shadows any longer! We need to act against the insanity of politicians creating issue that are NON issue so they do not have to deal with reality that america needs jobs, needs the rich to pay there fare share of the taxes and we need to get out of spending money on War! Thank you !

I'm with you Christine! I can't wait to get that awful man off the air. He's always been a disgrace to all Americans. I cannot believe that conservatives like him so much. Says a LOT about conservatives today. I'm the same age as you and I'm another one of MANY who have had enough of this crap. I want to be involved in working for change but I'm limited in resources. I'm loving Occupy Wall Street and the groups that have spun off of it that are actually doing something. Hope to find my niche in the efforts for reform that is greatly needed. Thanks for your post! People are listening!

I think we have to just act CALL every political office holder in your state is cost nothing, we the people HAVE TO STAND UP !!

Do not just sit there and enter stuff in blogs. This is an important moment. The REpukeliscum have shown their hand - they are anti-sex, anti-woman, and anti-human. If you vote for them, abortion, contraception, and even pre-marital sex are on the line - all will be attacked. In fact, they are even attacking recreational sex for married people. They would criminalize sex for me and my wife, since we are both way too old to be in procreation end of things.

It's the Ministry of Joy for real.

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