It’s no secret I am not a fan of new left wing sensation Sandra Fluke. I want to explain to you specifically why. It’s not because I’m a white Republican that wishes to control womens’ vaginas (I’m not). I’m fond of facts, so let me present them, so I can tell you why there is indeed a war on women despite her.
People may not remember much about initial situation that brought Sandra Fluke to the limelight. I do. Sandra Fluke was originally billed by the media as a 23 year old college “co-ed” that spoke to the House Oversight and Government Reform committee about religious freedom and birth control. This in actuality, is a lie. In fact, a lot of it is a lie.
Oh, its true. The Democrats did indeed invite her to speak to the committee. Republican Chairman David Issa rejected her because she wasn’t qualified to address the committee. Because of that, the Democrats created a mock hearing completely composed of them, that was not the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, that Sandra Fluke spoke to. Here, she argued that birth control could cost a college law student over $3,000 dollars a year, and that this should be covered for free.
Nevermind for a second that a Georgetown University law student finds $43,000 dollars worth of tuition to pay a year. Three thousand dollars is a lot!
Sandra Fluke is also, interestingly, not a 23 year old wide-eyed coed. She’s a 30 year old activist, who the media at the time conveniently forgot to mention was also the President of The Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Well well well. Now at least Democrats can look at Issa and say “HA, how’s that for not qualified!”
But her story is basically a farce. A very convoluted but well orchestrated first attempt at re-awakening the rhetoric that a vast conspiracy exists of those in power, and those not in power, who want to harm women. The irony is, it wouldn’t have worked. It was kind of a joke, and wouldn’t have gained any traction whatsoever had Sandra Fluke not been insulted by right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh, who thought it was cute to say that a woman spending $3,000 a year on birth control was a “slut”.
Limbaugh’s sexist remarks are well documented by this point, but it was just what people on the left really needed to spur some emotion to this issue and rally women to their cause. And why? After three years of a stagnant economy, the President and Democrats could no longer run on how well they could improve the economy. Historically Democrats have always swept the floor with social issues, and with the rise of Republican women like Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, more female governors of states than the Democratic Party, and the first latina governor in United States history, you start to lose the message that conservatives are evil to women and no woman could EVER be a conservative. Spinning this around is important.
But the more we learn about Fluke, the more she is apparently extremely qualified despite Issa’s initial evaluations and the media’s initial identity constructed for her. Her decision to pursue Georgetown University was influenced by her political activism, as revealed in an interview with The Washington Post:
Fluke came to Georgetown University interested in contraceptive coverage: She researched the Jesuit college’s health plans for students before enrolling, and found that birth control was not included. “I decided I was absolutely not willing to compromise the quality of my education in exchange for my health care,” says Fluke, who has spent the past three years lobbying the administration to change its policy on the issue. The issue got the university president’s office last spring, where Georgetown declined to change its policy.
Maybe we shouldn’t hold Sandra Fluke to such strict standards, though. With all her experience in activism for women’s reproductive rights, she somehow didn’t know that birth control costs $9 at Target. Yes, that’s nine dollars.
Here’s what bothers me. What sad state has feminism reached over the past fifty years, when women who would have wanted to break the glass ceiling, stick it to the man, “We’re gonna make it after all” Mary Tyler Moore, what have you, suddenly think its fantastic to beg on their hands and knees for free stuff from the men permeating government? When did feminism turn into socialism? Why do I need to fork over 10 bucks when you can afford not only your college tuition, but your 100 dollar a month iPhone bill? Why can’t you cut out a Starbucks this week and buy your contraception yourself?
Who knows. But what is the current image of Sandra Fluke to the Democratic Party? A victim. A poor woman who was verbally bullied by conservative men who want them to suffer, who herself was merely an innocent student who wanted help with her medical costs. In reality I’ve already demonstrated that Fluke is a very experienced political activist. She was born for this, she’s been engaging in politics for most of her adult life. And I really, really don’t like fake people.
So now we come to the point of the post where I explain to you that despite my disdain for Sandra Fluke, why there is in fact a war on women. But wait, let me show you why there is instead.
Women have more rights and freedoms in the United States of America than anywhere in the world. How about we stop this “war on women” rhetoric, and focus on fighting some real abuse of women for a change.