My gawd, I don't want to recount all the ugliness Rush Limbaugh let loose against Sandra Fluke's testimony before the House Democratic Committee on contraception. Let it suffice that it made me sick. And the truth is - he's loving every minute of the outraged attention he's getting as a result, so it goes against my grain to give him the satisfaction of talking about it.
But this morning I took a minute to actually read Fluke's testimony. To do that is to understand at an even deeper level just how sick and twisted of a person Rush Limbaugh happens to be.
As you probably know by now, Limbaugh has gone on a couple of days rant about what a whore and prostitute Ms. Fluke must be for all the sex she and her friends are having that requires birth control. The thing is...Ms. Fluke NEVER ONCE mentioned the need for contraception as a result of having consensual sex. Her examples of the women who have suffered as a result of their lack of access included the following:
* Two women who had polycystic ovarian syndrome
* One woman who had endometriosis
* One woman who had been raped
What kind of sick twisted mind takes that kind of testimony and turns it into a days long rant about women as whores and prostitutes? The truth is - I can't imagine and am really not interested in going there.
But this stuff gets personal with me. I've used a couple of different kinds of birth control at three different points in my life for medical reasons. The first time was the most traumatic because I was only 13 years old and was so anemic from menstrual bleeding that I had to have blood transfusions. The birth control pill was what finally stopped the bleeding. I don't know what options would have been available back in 1967, but my feeling has always been that it saved my life.
That is but one story that these neanderthals like Limbaugh don't want to hear from the millions of other women around this country who have experienced the same kind of thing.
Of course there's the other side to all this that begs the question of what right people have to tell women they shouldn't have sex. There is a whole other story to be told about where that kind of sick thinking comes from.
But that wasn't the story Ms. Fluke told at the hearing. So Limbaugh's rant says much more about his diseased mind than it does about anything else.