Dammit, I’m A ‘Slut’ Too!

Before anyone calls me a slut or any other derogative term because of the decisions I make with my body, then I might as well get in front of it and confess: Dammit, I’m a slut!

Sexist rhetoric is definitely running rampant in our country. No matter if the comments stem from jumping inside a woman’s womb or condemning two guys sleeping with each other, sexism and racism still hinders the rights for many of us.

Men are always forgotten in the equation when it comes to anything that has to do with childbirth. Men are only good for – I hate to be frank but – their sperm. After that, the woman primarily takes control over the entire birth process. I can see where the power comes from, though. Hell, if I have to carry about a baby in my uterus, I would be haughty too. However, there should be a mutual agreement on what goes on with the child between parents.

Many times we miss ways to quantify men in the equation when it comes to the process before we get to pregnancy. During a time where reproductive rights has entered into mainstream media again like we’re living in the 50s, we should be encouraging healthy conversations between men and women. We see the statistics. Well, the statistics haunt us about factors women face. Until women have the right to determine what they will do with their own bodies, they will never be equal. Sounds too familiar…

The self-proclaimed ‘pimp’ Rush Limbaugh sent the blogosphere and media outlets into a frenzy when he attacked 30-year-old Sandra Fluke, calling her a “slut” on his syndicated talk radio show. Fluke, the Georgetown University law school student at the heart of the debate over contraception, was in support that the President’s health care bill must include coverage of contraceptives. Like many supporters, Fluke is claiming the out-of-pocket costs are a huge financial burden for college students. After significant pressure from advertisers and sponsors pulling away from Limbaugh in disdain, in a rare gesture by the conservative radio host, he apologized Saturday to Fluke. In his defense, Limbaugh said he did not believe “it is a topic that should reach a presidential level.” Even President Obama reached out to Fluke encouraging her that the kinds of personal attacks that have been directed her way have been inappropriate. Still, Limbaugh remaining true to himself refused to back down from his position on insurance coverage for birth control.

What is confusing to many about Rush’s remarks is that he claimed Fluke said she was having so much sex that she needed the government and taxpayers to give her more free birth control. Number One: If you watch Fluke’s testimony, she talks about the medical issues women face. If you’re like the many women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome, then the use of birth control can regulate a woman’s cycle. Number Two: Rush, whose four marriages have yet to yield a child, seems to be under the impression that every sex act needs birth control. So here we have men who are uneducated in women’s health making policies and rendering opinions on topics they have no earthly clue about.

Drew-Shane Daniels is the founder/editor-in-chief of MUSED Magazine Online and a practicing homosexual.

  • bitter black dude

    women have too many damned options and choices. so many, they are confused and the process which led them to their outcome is cheapened and made meaningless. actually dealing with the outcome may not be such a bad thing every now and again.

  • Random Person

    ^^
    Bitter indeed…

    In anycase, what you say does make sense.
    HOWEVER, you seem to be trying to attack the conservatives, as much as you claim they are attacking you.
    Just saying.