More and more Right-wing commentators are taking after Rush Limbaugh in hurling flaming misogyny at Sandra Fluke, the college student whose testimony about the difficulties of women without easy access to contraception has been twisted into an attack on her own sexuality, which further illustrates the Right’s disregard for facts and common decency, if nothing else. Here’s my personal favorite (if one may call it that), from conservative blogger Ace of Spades:
Please don't call Sandra Fluke a slut. Respect her for what she is, a shiftless rent-a-cooch from East Whoreville.— Ace of Spades (@AceofSpadesHQ) March 3, 2012
Remember: All this is about a college student’s testimony about how a friend lost an ovary because she couldn’t afford oral contraceptives she needs to treat her ovarian cysts. Nothing whatsoever to do with Fluke herself, much less her libido. What’s more, Fluke was advocating for contraception to be covered by her university’s private healthcare plan, which also destroys the Rightist canard that she wants “taxpayer-funded contraception”. (Which, need I remind you, is apparently a bad thing, along with anything else intended to give women more control over their own sexual health.)
And because of this, Fluke is a “slut”, “prostitute” and “shiftless rent-a-cooch from East Whoreville” who “has so much sex she can’t afford it”. As always, stay classy, Right-wingers. Stay classy.