Conservative: A Person Whose Understanding of Sexuality Arrested in the Fifth Grade

Wingnuts Being Wingnuts, Women's Issues

So Rushbo is stirring up trouble by equating contraception with prostitution. As Mistermix says, “slut” is the new “liberal.”

At Cafe Hayek, an economics professor at George Mason University named Donald J. Boudreaux defends Rush, thus:

Mr. Limbaugh reacted to Ms. Fluke’s own violation of standards of civility. A truly civilized person doesn’t demand that other people pick up the bill for her contraception. A truly civilized person – especially one who can afford to be a full-time student at a prestigious law school – would refuse any invitation to publicly play the role of a victim wronged by being told to pay for her own pills or condoms. A truly civilized person does not hold in contempt other people for their resistance to being forced to subsidize his or her ‘lifestyle choices’ (whatever those choices might be).

A truly civilized person doesn’t demand that other people pick up the bill for her contraception. But to be in an insurance risk pool means you do expect other people to pay for things, as provided in the policy. Likewise, you are paying for other peoples’ medical care. Is Professor Boudreaux opposed to the insurance industry?

By the professor’s logic, a truly civilized person doesn’t demand that other people pick up the bill for his appendectomy. Or his prostate exam. Or his chemotherapy. Or to have his broken bones set. We should pay for these things ourselves, or suffer in silence.

Of course, we know what’s going on here. The particular item being discussed is associated with women. In particular, women who are having sex. And every right wing man in the country, as well as a disturbing number of women, has reverted to being a nine-year-old who just found a stash of Hustler magazines in the attic.

Contraception isn’t health care to them. It’s about women! And sex! Booga booga booga!

Never mind that there are sober, practical, dollar-and-cent reasons why including no-copay coverage for contraception won’t cost us anything extra and might save us all money in the long run. Logically, insurance companies ought to charge more for policies that don’t cover contraception.

For a generally healthy woman in her fertile years, which is a big chunk of her adult life, fertility is her single biggest health care issue. Whether she is pregnant or not is a rather huge factor in her life, and the possibility of pregnancy follows her like a shadow, whether she is faithfully married or in a monogamous relationship or a sex worker. For most women, putting limits on how many children we have is necessary for living a standard middle-class life in the 21st century. Using contraception is a health issue.

I’ve observed for a long time that a lot of men really don’t “get” that; they don’t associate sex with pregnancy as much as women do. And as revealed by sick, twisted bleeper Craig Bannister, some of them don’t even know how contraception actually works. They seem to think the amount of money a woman must pay for contraception is an indicator of how much sex she is having. Craig Bannister may have to take a pill every time he has sex, but it doesn’t work that way for women.

Younger women these days are not accustomed to being shamed for being sexually active. I hope this is a wake-up call for them.

Update: Via Whiskey Fire,, another Troglodyte heard from:

If we remove “slut” from our discourse, we thereby discard half the reward of chastity, namely the superiority of prestige that the virtuous woman should rightly enjoy in comparison to those who are less virtuous.

I’ll pause a moment to let you stop sputtering, or laughing, whichever the case may be.

The Left has substituted the clinical-sounding term “sexually active” for more value-laden terms used to describe promiscuity, because the Left is actively seeking to destroy the system of traditional moral values that condemns sex outside marriage.

And which moral values, oddly, rarely were used to punish men, but only to keep women shamed and submissive and controlled. Funny how that worked.

When we hear about a woman in the Middle East somewhere condemned to death because she was raped, while her rapist is considered blameless, we are all horrified, shocked, outraged across the political spectrum. But what our native Taliban is trying to pull differs only in degree. And for some of them, it differs only in degree because they know they wouldn’t get away with taking it further.

We can laugh at the hysteria — “Republicans are coming to steal your ladyparts!” — but we cannot ignore the fact that the Left is engaged in a Culture War offensive with potentially serious consequences.

I think this guy just earned today’s Toolie Award.

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  1. c u n d gulag  •  Mar 3, 2012 @2:34 pm

    The Conservative men, I think, confuse “The Pill” with a V*agra pill, or a rubber.
    They either don’t know, or don’t care to know, that women have to take the pill every day for it to be effective – and not just at the point of being ready for sexual “congress.”

    When the Conservative men feel ‘they’re’ ready, and by “ready,” I mean have enough money to pay to get lucky, they have to follow some traditional Conservative rituals in preordained steps – the first usually involves Hayekian free-market principles, like negotiating over pricing with the women in hot-pants by the Holland Tunnel, or whatever the ‘red-light’ district is in the town they’re in.

    Then, finally, when a deal is reached, and money exchanged, they pop a V*agra to make their half-a-roll-of-dimes sized d*cks stand up as much as they’re able to (without whips and thumb-screws applied to other people, I mean), and use a rubber to make sure ‘they’re’ protected from diseases and paternity suits from those evil sluts.

    Being as afraid and paranoid about sex as they are, how these men have children is probably as great a mystery to them as it is to us. Their wives must get sick of role-playing the same thing over and over with their hubbies – ‘The Billionaire and the Slutty Bimbo Hooker.’
    Though, deep in their heart-of-hearts, I’m sure the Conservative men would prefer the latter role. Remember that a lot of the Conservative men are really homophobes – and so, are really closeted gays, who would prefer to pay for a male prostitute, so all they have to worry about STD’s, and not anyone getting pregnant.
    In their world, getting caught with a female prostitute is bad enough. A male one means they ‘have a lot of ‘spainin to do!’ Though, I’m sure if that does happen, they have an excuse ready as to how it’s all the fault of the Damn Liberals!

  2. biggerbox  •  Mar 3, 2012 @2:36 pm

    The surprising part to me isn’t the hateful misogyny, which I’ve always thought was there, though not to the extent being exhibited by Bannister and the Mighty Wind, et al. What if really blowing my mind is that whole connection they are making between cost of birth control and number of times the woman has sex.

    The birth control pill has been available for 50 years now. I’m just amazed that these oafs seem to have no idea of how they work. That they can be walking around completely unaware of this basic science puts their misogyny in a whole new dimension. You must really not give a damn if you haven’t gotten a least a better inkling of the process than they seem to have.

    Heck, a lot of us guys learned the details as horny teens, just out of self-interest. But I guess if you really don’t care what will happen if you get the girl pregnant (or your wealthy daddy will rescue you if you do) then you don’t bother learning the details.

  3. Swami  •  Mar 3, 2012 @2:57 pm

    Lard ass Limbaugh’s penis doesn’t work properly without the aid of man made chemicals. Maybe if he was to lose some of those massive fat deposits between his ears he might gain some function between his loins.

    People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, and a guy’s whose penis doesn’t work shouldn’t be calling women sluts. Ah, It seems Big Daddy can’t cut the mustard….unaided

  4. paradoctor  •  Mar 3, 2012 @3:26 pm

    Slut? Prostitute? He went there? Very well then; what do you call a man caught smuggling erectile dysfunction medicine out of the Dominican Republic?

    A “John”!

  5. Swami  •  Mar 3, 2012 @4:03 pm

    The only thing more vile than Limpbaugh are the people who would try to defend him. He represents, as the unquestioned spokesperson, the heart and soul of the repuglican party, so anybody who lacks the decency to speakout against him gives a tacit endorsement of his vicious and disgusting attack on Ms. Fluke.

    Limpaugh’s antics might have been fun in a Junior High School setting, but when you’ve become a crusty old man with a limp dick and stinking of cigar smoke…the humor gets lost.

  6. Lynne  •  Mar 3, 2012 @4:20 pm

    I got a laugh out of all the complaints about Leftist misbehavior….

  7. erinyes  •  Mar 3, 2012 @4:52 pm

    “what do you call a man caught smuggling erectile dysfunction medicine out of the Dominican Republican?”

    Is this a trick question, paradoctor?
    My first thought was “Rush Limbaugh”, but you said “man”, so I’m not so certain.
    Had you said “pernecious pustule of a man like creature cobbled together from left over pork, chicken parts, ass in a can, and pig excrement, it would certainly be Rush Limbaugh.
    I hope they stay on this road rarely traveled, there be demons and monsters awaiting just around the bend.
    I call upon all the wives and girlfriends of these right wing nuts to with hold all pleasures of the flesh until they repent.
    I further call upon SouthPark studios to make a parody of Rushbo for the new season, and all of Rush’s sponsors to bail out.
    Rush can STFU, because we ALL are paying for his mother and father’s lack of control.

  8. Bonnie  •  Mar 3, 2012 @6:46 pm

    I think I will start demanding all my money back that was spent on that illegal and immoral war in Iraq.

  9. c u n d gulag  •  Mar 3, 2012 @7:19 pm

    You can’t get it back!
    Obama’s spending it on abortions, mandated health care (just like Mitt did), and giving birth control to sluts by denying religious freedom of choice – the REAL “choice!”
    Oh, and Death Panels, the New Black Panthers, ACORN, the cover-up of his murder of Breitbart, the dismantling of the military, letting China take over the country, and letters of apology to the rest of the world.
    After he’s done, it’s amazing we’ll have anything left-over to defend America besides a handful of Boy Scouts, some rubber bands, paper clips, and spitballs.
    Lord knows the Girl Scouts can’t be of any help, because Obama’s busy turning them into radical lesbians who, when they’re not too busy diddling one another, and handing out “The Pill” like Tic-tac’s, will f*ck Liberal men on cue, and will be the future abortionists – after he pays for them to go to KillAFetus Colleges to get their degrees.

    Sorry, no money left to give you back after THAT busy national agenda.

  10. ronspri  •  Mar 3, 2012 @8:50 pm

    Maha, thank you. I think you answered my question about this issue. I think what he said was cruel and tacky but I was really in mystery as to why he thinks he or “we” pay for someone elses insurance policy.
    Apparently because insurance is a pool? Yes private insurance companies collect money and dole it out according to perceived need. Yes that would make private insurance companies the biggest commies in the country. The wingnuts never seem to want to talk about that though.
    Its a knee jerk reaction that all the hard working(conservative,republican) people are paying for the vast swath of lazy people that live in this country in droves by the sweat of their brow. Its a tired hackneyed line of Bull$… that makes them look selfish, self-centered and meanspirited. I have no idea why they continue to drag it out. Especially when the connection between that thought and the real situation is as threadbare as it is in this one. Honestly, until reading your post I had no idea what he was talking about him paying for it. If he’s talking about subsidies or such in the new plan, well most of the country will be a part of that. That would make almost everyone unworthy. I honestly don’t know how these people can look at themselves in the mirror in the morning.

  11. Pat  •  Mar 3, 2012 @8:55 pm

    I personally ran into someone angered about “paying for all that sex.” LOL! I explained that it cost the same regardless of whether the woman was a Republic like Mr. Spock the Vulcan who mated every 13 years or someone they imagined to be getting some twice a week…apparently a slutty liberal if we are to believe Rush. This is getting so Freudian and sounds more and more like sour grapes from the sexually repressed. Consider the sources, Limbaugh whose head always seems like it’s about to explode (tells you something, eh?) and Santorum who never had a date in college (noted by his frat brothers). There must’ve been some snickers about poor Ricky around the frat house but now he’s getting his righteous comeuppance. It must really burn him up that women are having sex and lots of it, not just with other women but MEN !!!! The shame. I’m surprised they haven’t brought up mandatory clitoradectomys in the house. It just might pass.

    There is an obvious projection with these types. So awkward and uncomfortable with their own sexuality they seek to eliminate their own dis-ease by controlling or denying others. I hope they keep it up.

  12. paradoctor  •  Mar 3, 2012 @9:05 pm

    erinyes: not a trick question; it’s a rhetorical one.
    But I have to admit that it’s unfair to call RL a John. He’s also a junkie and a jerk.
    For RL, hypocrisy is not a glitch, nor even a feature; it’s the operating system.

  13. Pat  •  Mar 3, 2012 @9:17 pm

    I found this interesting, maybe others will:

    Corseted Minds: Does Fear of Irrelevance Send Conservative Men Fleeing to the Victorian Age?

    Victorian age or possible to Salem during the witch trials. There’s so much projection and repression that oozes from Santorum and Limbaugh one would have to be 7 or 8 years old not to see it.

  14. Doug Hughes  •  Mar 3, 2012 @9:17 pm

    I have an idea for the appropriate tool for the “toolie” award.

  15. maha  •  Mar 3, 2012 @9:31 pm

    Doug — I didn’t even know there was such a thing. Live and learn.

  16. Pat  •  Mar 3, 2012 @9:24 pm

    I don’t think Little Rush gets out to play much anymore. Like Georgie Porgie puddin’ and pie, he kissed the girls and made ’em cry. Poor Little Rush. No doubt he’ll be amping up the war on feminazis.

  17. khughes1963  •  Mar 3, 2012 @9:44 pm

    What is also scary is that there are large areas in rural America where all you can hear on the radio (no FM reception) are shows featuring Rush or other like-minded wingnut talk show hosts. They gin up the hate, but don’t want to take responsibility for the nutcases who listen to their hate fests, then act violently on the rhetoric they hear. When that happens, Rush and his imitators don’t take any responsibility, but retreat into their claims that they are “entertainers.”

    Rush’s spiel about Sandra Fluke could be considered an example of “slander per se,” a classic example of a statement that is considered so outrageous that damages are presumed. Calling someone a slut would fit in that category.

  18. Diana  •  Mar 3, 2012 @9:45 pm

    Why does no one ever ask the basic question, which is: if the pill is not a medical item, why do you need a prescription to get it?

    I should think anything that requires a prescription is by definition medical. Otherwise it’d either legally for sale, like aspirin, or illegally for sale, like meth.

  19. Bonnie  •  Mar 3, 2012 @10:23 pm

    Rush has apologized. Probably forced to by his remaining advertisers. Five did drop him.

  20. Swami  •  Mar 4, 2012 @1:13 am

    Rush’s apology is nothing more than a pre- planned exit strategy from his vicious attack. A tried and true tactic he has used many times to weasel out from personal responsibility. He issues a reluctant apology that’s been washed over with claims that his word have been miscontrued and that he’s as much of a victim as the person he’s attacked. Any apology from that bloated pig can never count for anything.

  21. Swami  •  Mar 4, 2012 @1:16 am

    But I have to admit that it’s unfair to call RL a John.

    Would it be fair to call him a dick?

  22. Pat  •  Mar 4, 2012 @2:47 am

    Carbonite’s CEO caved to public pressure….sounds like Susan Komen all over. This might restore my faith in the free market. I suspect that Limbaugh show ad slots are being discounted. Clear Channel will probably try to ride it out hoping the outrage is only 15 minutes long. Hopefully the pressure does not let up. Limbaugh’s been at war, taking no prisoners for a while. So be it. Live by the sword…

  23. c u n d gulag  •  Mar 4, 2012 @8:06 am

    Only if you use the word “limp” in front of “dick.”

  24. erinyes  •  Mar 4, 2012 @9:03 am

    Diana; PERFECT!
    Rush IS NOT a news broadcaster or a political pundit, he is nothing more than a provocateur. His whole purpose is to cast a most wicked light upon his opposition while stirring the steaming shit pot.
    Sadly, his followers are stupid, scared little men children.

    Now kindly excuse me as the wife and I slip off to the first of 12 liberal orgies we have planned for today, where we will use government funds for various and sundry items from strawberry flavored lube to double extra strength lantern batteries.
    Attendance is mandatory as per the Liberal handbook……

  25. justme277  •  Mar 4, 2012 @10:19 am

    Your comments here were ROFLMAO FUNNY…Seriously I think hot wings came out my nose I laughed so hard.There should have been a disclaimer or some kinda warning…really

    I love this blog.. smart AND funny too..pffffffffffft…it’s got it all.

  26. Felicity  •  Mar 4, 2012 @6:11 pm

    So, the virtuous woman doesn’t have sex? (I assume that means with other than her resident husband.) So, does the virtuous (I assume there is such a creature) man have sex with other than his resident wife? Of course not. Time to cut ’em all off at the dorm door, ladies – after all we don’t want to corrupt the ‘innocent’ fellows, do we.

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