who is sandra fluke
The name Sandra Fluke has been floating around the media like crazy lately — and so has the word “slut,” thanks in part to the Blunt Amendment (more on that here), and mostly due to some disgusting, sexist comments from notorious radio personality Rush Limbaugh. For real–since he started his idiotic tirade, the word “slut” has been used in the media almost 600 percent more. Classy, no?
There’s a lot more to Sandra than the slut-shaming Rush subjected her to. Here’s the skinny on Sandra Fluke and why she’s a girl we can get behind.
Sandra Fluke graduated from Cornell University in 2003 (smart!), after which she started work helping victims of domestic violence in a ton of ways–including founding her own coalition for their rights. Amazing!
Right now, Sandra Fluke is a law student and women’s rights activist at Georgetown University Law Center, where she focuses on issues surrounding domestic violence and human trafficking. How can anyone knock this girl? She’s a superstar!
Anyway, all the noise about her being a “slut” started last month when a conservative politician in California decided to hold a hearing over whether or not employers (meaning my boss and yours!) should be able to decide whether or not their employees could have affordable birth control. Sandra wanted to testify, but the dude in charge refused to let her. Interestingly? Not a single woman testified at this hearing, which is super odd considering we don’t know of any men who take Yaz or any other forms of birth control!
Sandra wouldn’t be silenced, though. She took action and spoke in front of the Democratic members of the House of Representatives (talk about gutsy!) about why she opposed the bill and why she was in favor of free contraception, including birth control pills.
She cited the fact that as a college student, contraception could cost up to $3,000 a year — and pointed out that without it, many women’s clinics wouldn’t be able to meet the demands and needs posed by women forced to go without them. In the long run, Fluke’s method is a lot cheaper than pre- and post-natal care, let alone caring for a child that was unintended and unplanned.
Sandra also pointed out an important factor that many opponents of free contraception overlook: Birth control pills are often prescribed for medical reasons. They are often used to treat hormonal imbalances, including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and are often prescribed to remedy irregular or overly heavy periods, as well as dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), endometriosis, and a slew of other health issues. that have nothing to do with how often or how much a girl gets laid.
Sandra Fluke viewed the issue as one of equal rights for women’s health, not as one of religious freedom. (After all, if someone doesn’t believe in birth control, they can simply avoid using it themselves, right? Let the higher power doing the judging later.)
For all that, we think she’s a hero to girls and women everywhere, but stupid Rush Limbaugh decided that her amazing bravery and smart arguments made her a “slut,” (which we already know is damaging) and said she has so much sex that she needs someone else to pay for her birth control pills. Oh, add to that his totally wacko demands to see videos of Sandra having sex. Really? Seriously?
Thankfully, most of the public–including the sponsors who pay that jerk’s bills–disagree with Rush Limbaugh, or at least with the inflammatory language he used. Limbaugh himself has since apologized, though only after his advertisers pulled their spots. Does he not understand that no matter how much sex–if any–someone has, they only take one birth control pill a day?
We can’t wait to hear his reaction if and when the government ever petitions to stop covering Viagra. Pretty sure dude will have a serious freak out then!
How do you feel about Sandra Fluke? Do you agree with Sandra Fluke or with Rush Limbaugh? Do you fall somewhere in between? Have you ever had problems getting birth control? I want to know what you really think. Tell me in the comments!
If you think Sandra seems cool–check out more on her philosophy!
who is sandra fluke