We should accept Rush Limbaugh’s apology for calling a woman a slut only if he agrees to take, and pass, a course on female reproduction. Then, and only then, can we be assured that someone other than locker-room juveniles has finally taught him the real facts about the birds and the bees.
Limbaugh for three straight days denigrated a 30-year-old law student who agreed to testify to a U.S. House of Representatives committee how the lack of insurance coverage for birth control had harmed fellow students, and how the Obama administration’s health plan would require all employers – or their insurance companies – to fill contraception prescriptions with no copay. As with Viagra, a doctor would need to order a prescription for a woman after consultation.
Limbaugh apologized to Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke after the president called the woman to support her effort to speak on women’s behalf, and to point out that, his role as a father of two girls led him to feel that Ms. Fluke’s parents would be proud of their daughter’s act of courage.
Republicans had conducted a hearing on the mandate, but barred the young woman from testifying, preferring an all-male panel to address religious objections to birth control. This happened after the president provided a compromise allowing religious hospitals and universities to “opt out,” while shifting the women’s health-care burden to insurance companies.
The third-year student described a woman who had developed a cyst and lost an ovary when she could not afford the $1,000-a-year contraceptive cost. A doctor had prescribed it for medical reasons, not “recreational” ones, as Limbaugh suggested. Ms. Fluke testified before a Democratic panel to address the issue, and ended up in Limbaugh’s cross-hairs as a result. Limbaugh said women could cut back on the use of contraceptives by simply having sex less. You wouldn’t have to use as many pills, he indicated, if you abstained once in a while, perhaps by placing two aspirin between your knees. (St. Joseph’s aspirin for the Catholics among us.).
He compared the use of the birth-control pill to Viagra, something he is very aware of due to personal experience. But despite his four marriages, Limbaugh has never learned about reproduction and how it can be controlled by anything other than a good old Trojan. He never cared about how “the pill” really worked with women, becoming closed-minded – and closed-eared – when it was discussed.
For the pill to work, Rush, women must take it for up to three weeks of the month, depending on the brand. This doesn’t mean they need to have sex the entire time. Ask any women. About 99 percent have practiced some form of birth control, and can teach you these facts of life.
So, let Limbaugh prove how sincere this apology is by learning about a woman’s body parts. No, Rush, there wouldn’t be any nude pictures from Playboy or Penthouse to refresh your recollection of what you learned in the high school little boys’ room. You’ll be taught something that many men refuse to admit: Women have the same rights as men, and should not be held to a different standard on human sexuality.