Modern ‘Sluts’ and ‘Prostitutes’

11 Sep


When hearings were held over whether or not employers or schools could withhold birth control coverage, I was upset that the issue was even being fought. I felt that Obama’s compromise (allowing religious institutions to pay for coverage indirectly) was sufficient.

Then 30 year old law student, Sandra Fluke, testified for the right to insurance coverage for birth control. This led to an uproar. Sandra became vilified, hated by conservative commentators, called a slut by conservative America, and the face of cash-strapped birth control users. The article I found deals with the conservative hate of Sandra Fluke. During her DNC speech, conservative commentators tweeted satirical accusations of her performing obscene sex acts or being impregnated by men at the convention.

The slurs and the hate show intolerance I thought was prevalent before my generation. When people call Sandra Fluke a slut, they are telling her to shut up. They are telling women on her side to shut up. They are demeaning the use of birth control, and the woman’s right to use it.

I’m disappointed that in this day and age, use of birth control is even an issue. Unfortunately, it is. Women need to stand up and show what side they’re on.


3 Responses to “Modern ‘Sluts’ and ‘Prostitutes’”

  1. lapatterson September 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    It amazes me that a female using birth control is a whore, but a male who carries condoms in his wallet is the coolest guy in school. The debate over birth control is ridiculous. Adults calling other adults names due to birth control is even more ridiculous. There are more important issues that the conservatives need to address than a woman speaking her mind about birth control.

  2. jcjohnson3 September 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm #

    Here’s another one!

  3. lisaanneryan September 12, 2012 at 5:04 am #

    The ignorance of the people who call women who use birth control sluts is appalling. There are many reasons a woman may choose birth control, and it isn’t limited to preventing pregnancy. Health concerns may be an issue for women who want to control their menstrual cycle. It could also be a health hazard for a woman to have a baby, and she may want to prevent pregnancy in marriage. Even if a woman was preventing pregnancy so that she could have premarital sex, it isn’t the government’s business. Maybe if there were more educational programs on birth control, there would be less teenage pregnancies and abortions.

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