The myth of free birth control

By · Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 · 19 Comments »

There are two aspects of the Rush Limbaugh/Sandra Fluke thing that offend me. The first one we’ve already talked about at length: misogyny. But the second one also drives me nuts. It’s the lying. The flat-out total misrepresentation of the facts. This is a hallmark of the right wing, and especially of the kind of […]

Asymmetry

By · Monday, March 5th, 2012 · 25 Comments »

We’ve all seen extreme woman-bashing before, but there’s something really weird about this current episode. Something asymmetrical, if you will, in terms of the target vs. the firepower being unloaded. In the 90s, the misogyny unleashed on Hillary Clinton was truly revolting. Janet Reno and Madeleine Albright were also endlessly ridiculed and attacked; it was […]

What happens when you fail to define contraception as normal healthcare

By · Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 · 28 Comments »

This is a follow-up to this post: People who have been warning about slippery slope for years unable to recognize slippery slope. As the wingnuts explode into a misogynistic frenzy over birth control, comparing it to things like gym memberships and demanding that women post sex tapes of themselves online in exchange for having their […]

So, are men whose Viagra is covered by insurance also prostitutes?

By · Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 · 19 Comments »

I glanced at the news a few minutes ago, just long enough to be reminded of why I hate the news. It seems that Rush Limbaugh has found yet another way to be both asinine and grotesquely misogynist: he’s denouncing Sandra Fluke as a prostitute because she testified in favor of health insurance coverage for […]