Rush Limbaugh vs. Sandra Fluke: Talk Radio’s #1 Misogynist, Beaten by a College Girl

ABOUT THE BOOK On March 3, 2012 Rush Limbaugh, host of the popular conservative talk radio program The Rush Limbaugh Show, issued an online apology for comments made on air on from February 29 through March 2  in which he famously referred to Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke as a “slut” and a “prostitute”. […]

ABOUT THE BOOK On March 3, 2012 Rush Limbaugh, host of the popular conservative talk radio program The Rush Limbaugh Show, issued an online apology for comments made on air on from February 29 through March 2  in which he famously referred to Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke as a “slut” and a “prostitute”. Limbaugh’s comments came several days after Fluke was denied an opportunity to speak at a congressional hearing to discuss a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), that would require employer-issued insurance plans to cover contraceptive medications.  Fluke was later invited to speak at an unofficial Democratic hearing on the subject and her testimony was cited during a Senate debate on the proposed Blunt Amendment which would allow employers to opt out of the health care law’s contraception provision. MEET THE AUTHOR Leslie McIntyre completed her BA in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College in 2009. She has written for a variety of online publications and is a contributor to Performer Magazine. Her fiction has appeared in Forge Journal and Gloom Cupboard. She is a fiction reader for Ploughshares Literary Journal. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK By inciting national controversy, Limbaugh brought Fluke – and her cause – into the media spotlight. Had Limbaugh and other conservative pundits opted to ignore Fluke’s testimony, it would likely have been largely ignored, and her advocacy efforts might have remained local to the Georgetown University campus. Instead, the student activist who was initially denied the opportunity to speak before Congress was able to take her case directly to the American public, making numerous television appearance and speaking at a healthcare panel in Denver. While many of Fluke’s media appearances have focused on her reaction to Limbaugh’s attacks and others like it, Fluke has remained on point, using the opportunity to make her case for affordable contraceptive care and to discuss what Limbaugh got wrong. On Tuesday, March 13, Fluke published an op-ed on CNN.com and appeared on CNN’s Starting Point. In both the interview and the op-ed, Fluke redirected the conversation to broader issues of women’s health and offered clarification to popular misconceptions about the birth control mandate. CHAPTER OUTLINERush Limbaugh vs. Sandra Fluke: Talk Radio’s #1 Misogynist, Beaten by a College Girl + The Birth Control Debate: Why Rush Limbaugh is Wrong + The Backstory: How Birth Control Became a Political Minefield + Sexist Sensibilities: What Limbaugh?and Fluke?Got Wrong + The Fallout and the Political Spin + …and much more

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