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International Women's Day is the opportunity to stand in solidarity with women around the world and reflect on how - in far too many places - women are still treated as second-class citizens. But after the elections in 2012, we must also look closer to home. "Legitimate rape," Rush Limbaugh's "slut-shaming" of women who use birth control, and fights about whether women should...umm...maybe get paid the same as a dude doing the same job and it dominated the political debate. The catch phrase "War on Women" was used to describe the climate caught fire. Most women I know were left shaking their heads and wondering how we ended up living in an episode of "Mad Men."
Unfortunately, we weren't on TV. It was 2012 and the 4th Estate - that much vaunted protector of truth and justice - was letting us down in a big way.
Eighty-one percent of quotes about abortion in major media outlets came from men. Seventy-five percent of comments about birth control came from the same half of the population that has never had to decide between an IUD and the pill. Amazingly, though the "War on Women" tagline turned up non-ironically in almost every media outlet, women's voices accounted for a small fraction of the total represented on Sunday public affairs shows and in America's top newspapers. What the media failed to report was when and how men managed to gain such an intimate understanding of what it's like to be a gal juggling work and family demands in a down economy while also having to worry about her ability to control her reproductive health.
Women's issues dominated the campaign season so completely that in another universe, the facts about the gender gap in election coverage would be reversed and men would be scratching their heads wondering how to find their way back onto the headlines. The good news is that women writers and female-identified blogs boomed to provide a space for women to share their genuine experiences and be a part of the conversation. I can't wait to be in Denver at the Media Reform Conference to share some tragic-comedy from the past election cycle and have a conversation about how we support and build channels to be able to speak for ourselves. Together, we can put women's voices front and center where they belong. I hope you'll join me.
Ali Tweedt is a member of NARAL Pro-Choice America's communications and online advocacy strategies department.
This time last year, I went to Capitol Hill to watch a hearing on the no-cost birth-control policy under the Affordable Care Act.
The only pro-choice witness who came to speak in support of the policy, Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, was denied the chance to testify at anti-choice Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-CA) now-infamous all-male panel attacking contraceptive coverage.
Rep. Issa refused to let Sandra testify about the importance of no-cost birth control because she was "unqualified."
I was fortunate to attend that hearing, and I'll never forget the look of complete disbelief from Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) as she walked out of the hearing in protest, demanding an answer to the obvious question:
"Where are the women?"
Pro-choice members of Congress made sure Sandra was not silenced. On February 23, 2012, they held their own hearing so that she could finally share her testimony. I remember sitting in that room captivated while listening to Sandra tell the stories of women whose lives depended on affordable birth control.
Sandra's testimony in support of birth-control coverage - and the personal attacks she endured because she dared to speak out on this critical issue - helped galvanize pro-choice Americans to fight back against the War on Women.
Rush Limbaugh sank to a new low when he called her a "slut" and a "prostitute." Despite his anti-choice attacks, Sandra Fluke became a household name as a champion for women's freedom and privacy by giving a voice to the many women who struggle to pay for birth control they desperately need:
"This is the message that not requiring coverage of contraception sends: a woman's reproductive-health care isn't a necessity, isn't a priority."
One year ago, Sandra Fluke took a stand in support of women's access to no-cost birth-control coverage under the Affordable Care Act. And today, we continue the fight to ensure that all women have access to the essential reproductive-health care that they deserve.
Last week, Rush Limbaugh launched an on-air attack on Sandra Fluke, the law student who testified before Congress about the importance of birth control to women's health. Limbaugh called Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute," and spent three days making disgusting and misogynistic comments about her.
Limbaugh's sponsors are jumping ship: already, more than 25 have abandoned his show, and the number looks to keep growing.
If ever there was a time to stand up for basic decency and against hate speech, this is it.
So what do presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have to say about the situation?
Romney wouldn't call for Limbaugh to apologize and cowardly said "it's not the language I would have used."
Santorum brushed off the issue by saying, "an entertainer can be absurd."
Not the language you would have used? Then what sort of language would you have used, Mitt?
And, Rick, an all-male panel attacking women's access to contraception is absurd. Calling a woman who speaks out for women's health a "slut" and a "prostitute" is hateful and sickening.
These two men want to be president of the United States--the most powerful person in the world--and they can't even stand up to Rush Limbaugh?
Tell Mitt and Rick that they don't stand for women. Make sure they know that by refusing to denounce Limbaugh, they failed Sandra and all women who use birth control.
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Yesterday Rush Limbaugh threw insults at Sandra Fluke, the courageous law student who testified before Congress about the importance of birth control to women's health. Limbaugh called Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute."
Progressives everywhere, including progressive leaders in Congress, called out Limbaugh for his inappropriate attack.
Limbaugh doubled down today with a rant in response to the criticism. He offered a deal to "feminazis" who support no-cost birth control: "If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it... We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch." Listen for yourself:
By the way, Rush, you don't scare us. We stand with Sandra Fluke and will continue to stand up to you and other anti-contraception extremists.