As a concerned voter, I am appalled that you refuse to ask Rush Limbaugh to apologize for his insulting personal comments against Sandra Fluke.
Limbaugh’s statements debase all women who use birth control and are utterly despicable. Your refusal to challenge Limbaugh only underscores the disregard you have for women.
Not only are Rush Limbaugh’s statements an insult to all women who use birth control, regardless of whether they are sexually active or not, they are also outright lies. Rush Limbaugh has lied to the American people about birth control. Rush Limbaugh has lied to the American people about Sandra Fluke. It takes less than five minutes to search Google or have an aide search Google to find out how birth control works. To read Sandra Fluke’s testimony. To figure out that the issue does not concern the government paying for women to take birth control, but rather that insurance companies and employers should cover birth control as they cover other medically necessary medicines. You know, like Viagra. And from your comments, it appears you are fine with Americans being lied to, as long as your party is doing the lying.
The fact that you will not call Rush Limbaugh out on these gross misrepresentations of women and birth control honestly disgusts me. What medicines I put into my body are between my doctor and I, not between the government and my doctor. You may have your personal beliefs about birth control and sex, but that does NOT give you the right to impose those beliefs onto everyone else. As the saying goes, religion is like a penis. It’s fine to have one, it’s fine to be proud of it, but please don’t go waving it around in public and try to force it onto my body in any way.
Misters Romney and Santorum, I would like to remind you that the year is 2012. We have supposedly moved past the idea that all women can do is have babies and take care of them. There are more things that I want to do in my life than have children, although when I am ready, that day will come. In the mean time, what I and my doctor decide should go in my body is none of your concern.
As you ask women to vote for you over President Obama, I’ll make sure that women voters know which candidate will support their freedom and privacy. It’s not you.
As a sixteen year old girl with a bright future ahead of her, I have been attempting to make myself politically aware of the campaigns for republican presidential nominee. But I have recently become increasingly irritated with the responses of Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum to the questions about women’s rights. Rather than restoring what we have worked so hard for, they intend to backtrack and eliminate necessary items such as birth control. Here, I am referring to the pill, or any sort of medicine designed to include health benefits, rather than just the prevention of fertilization (i.e. the condom).
Now, it’s late for me, and I’d rather not get into a long, winded rant at this hour. I still happen to have homework to finish. But I would like to address a few key points within this post.
Men get to feel hornier because they’re socially supported in this. The whole of society is geared toward titillating men and discouraging female sexual desire. It’s inherent to the Nice Guy® complaint, where men are entitled to feel physical attraction, but a woman who wants more than “nice” is shallow. It’s evident in the way men and women dress, with women always mindful to wear stuff that makes them sexually attractive, whereas men have the opposite problem, and have to avoid being too sexualized lest they seem feminine. Naked women are draped over every inch of public space, and the internet is full of visually interesting porn for men, but our society barely can imagine what it would be like to try to attract a female eye.. Men seem hornier in no small part because their sexuality is celebrated and codified. It’s easy for men to know right away how to be sexual, whereas women are still largely expected to figure it out for themselves—-and even that’s a recent invention, because pre-feminism, women were mostly just expected to do what men wanted.
But even with the small amount of freedom we have, it’s worth noting that a 30-year-old woman who admitted obliquely to having had non-procreative sex in Congress created a month long, nationwide scandal. Until that kind of pressure disappears completely, we can’t even begin to measure what the “natural”, unadulterated female sexuality would look like, and how it would compare to the celebrated and constantly titillated male sexuality.
Either way, stop blaming sex for misogyny. If all men wanted was women to fuck them more, the English language wouldn’t even have the word “slut” in it.