This is entertainment? Via ABC:

“So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. 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.”

And

“Three thousand dollars for birth control in three years? … They’re admitting before congressional committee that they’re having so much sex they can’t afford the birth control pills!”

The conservative radio host continued: “What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We’re the pimps.”

Limbaugh is a misogynic @ss. He was responding to Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, who testified before a Democratic hearing last week. She reminded everyone (Rush wasn’t listening) that birth control pills are often prescribed to treat medical conditions such as ovarian cysts. Once-upon-a-time they were prescribed to help with debilitating monthly cramps (personal experience) and excessive bleeding (friends’ experiences).

Traditional birth control pills cost less than $80 a month, but the Ortho Evra birth control patch (contraception) costs about $80-100 per month in Washington, DC zip code 20002. The patch delivery system is much more reliable (you change it once/week) than birth control pills (which you must take daily). Because it’s a transdermal patch, the dose is lower (safer) because stomach acid isn’t involved. Here’s a list of female contraception; and here’s GoodRX, which allows you to look at prices by zip code.

Since we’re talking about contraception, why not revisit this proposal from two years ago, a proposal that just went into effect in Australia (sorta). Make the 50-year-old birth control pill OTC. Over-the-counter. That should bring the price down tout de suite.

But there is something we could do to help the pill live up to its potential: let women purchase it over the counter. A half-century of evidence shows us that it’s safe to dispense the pill without a prescription.

The pill meets F.D.A. criteria for over-the-counter medications… Pill instructions are easy to follow: Take one each day. There’s no chance of becoming addicted. Taking too many will make you nauseated, but won’t endanger your life, in contrast to some over-the-counter drugs, like analgesics. (There are even side benefits to taking the pill, like reduced risks of ovarian and uterine cancer.)

But back to Limbaugh.

Who listens to him, anyway? If his website stats mirror those of his radio listeners, they’re overwhelmingly male, educated, white and mostly over 55; 1.1 million that matched this profile visit the website about three times a month. On the air, in 2011, Limbaugh had a 3.0 share of listeners in his time slot.

So very representative of America, don’t you think?

Here’s a sponsor’s list from 2010. It includes Geico. Time to call, write and tweet.

And here’s a list of his radio stations. Call, write and tweet them, too.

Better yet, sign my White House petition: demand that the FCC finally investigate Limbaugh. He’s gone too far for too long.

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Rush Limbaugh, 1989
In Hot Air by Howard Kurtz

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  • ShannonLeee

    Educated white man over 55 years… sounds like an audience that is already watching 18 year old co-ed porn online. I bet Rush does too…between popping his prescription pain killers.

    Rush is a giant piece of s…

    but he is great at preaching to the choir.

  • VeratheGun

    Nope, there’s not.

    No matter how vile, despicable, cretinous Limbaugh shows himself to be, there will be nary a word from his own political party.

    What a bunch of cowards. This alone, precludes me from voting Republican pretty much EVER.

  • Jake.

    @Shannon. Nice generalization.

    With regard to the topic at hand, I’m a Geico customer with a policy up for renewal this month. Just wrote them to express my displeasure with their support of Mr. Limbaugh. The only way to get the attention of someone like Rush is to hit him in the only place that concerns him, the pocketbook.

  • wesleypresley

    I’m a White Guy over 55 and Rush Limbaugh does not speak for me.
    He is nothing but a racist, misogynist scumbag.
    I hope Ms. Fluke takes him to court for slander and defamation of character. I wish she could sue him for millions and win.

  • dduck

    He looks like a pig and he is a pig.
    He is only representative of a small percentage of Reps, the fringe.

  • slamfu

    Duck, he’s really not. Rush is one of the most listened to talk radio personalities ever, if not THE most listened to radio personality ever. How can you call him a speaker for the fringe? He’s on the speed dial of major GOP players and raises TONS of money for GOP candidates and causes. I think many moderate republicans would desperately like to think he is only representing a fringe section of the party, but his popularity suggests otherwise.

  • dduck

    Slam, if he is as you say, then those that admire him, minority or whatever percentage, are also pigs.

  • roro80

    At least this vile human being says what he thinks, and calls it as he sees it. Frankly, the “you dirty slut” argument is being made by pretty much every person arguing against birth control right now. They’re couching it in terms that are less offensive, but the implication is the same. Is this really all that different than the earlier implication by Santorum’s buddy saying that we wimmenz should just put an asperin between our knees? Is it all that different, at it’s heart, from abstinence only education? The implication is the same: if we have the dirty dirty sex, we women don’t deserve anything but the punishment of pregnancy. If we dare to have sex, we don’t deserve health care.

    It’s vile, it’s ugly, it’s slut-shaming, and it’s sexism at it’s most hideous. But at least he’s showing himself to be an *sshole, not trying to pretend he cares about women, cares about god’s plan, cares about “purity”, cares about anything but being the gigantic pile of dogsh*t he is. If only the rest of the enemies of women’s autonomy could be so honest, it might make them easier to dismiss as the misogynists they are.

  • zephyr

    Limbaugh’s talent from the beginning was breeding hate and division. Who ever would have guessed way back when he started there would be such a ready fan base for his brand of sewage? And who ever would have guessed there would be companies sick enough and ignorant enough to sponsor him? And worst of all, who would ever have guessed a major political party would come to worship him as a standard bearer?

    “Conservatives” who still haven’t figured out why the center and left have lost almost all respect for the GOP need look no further than Rush Limbaugh, his fans and apologists. And all that hyperbolic, love keening in the wake of Breitbart’s passing? It will be nothing compared the wailing a gnashing at RL’s passing. But all that noise will be drown out forever by sighs of relief and golden silence.

  • dduck

    DM, I did not see that assertion, but I would not agree with it unless journalism and divinity students could also avail themselves of this patch.

  • roro80

    desert — The idea is whether or not a student health insurance plan should cover birth control. If you go to a public school, part of your educational costs are covered by tax payer money, and that means that yes, some tax payer money is going into those health insurance plans. That doesn’t seem to be the problem anyone has here. Nobody is saying that public university tuition shouldn’t include a health plan for the students (I hope?).

    What the real question is boils down to: do you think that birth control is part of health care, and therefore something that should be covered under health insurance? Or, as I’ve seen mentioned here at TMV, does birth control have the same level of health implications of something like soap? For Limbaugh, the question is different of course. His question is: why should these sluts not be punished in every possible way for the dirty sex they’re having, because that young woman is a dirty slutty prostitute! WHORE!!!!

    Which should be pretty damn unacceptable to everyone.

  • roro80

    “Am I misstating this issue? ”

    In other words, yes. You are misstating the issue.

  • roro80

    Goddamnit, this system just ate a long comment of mine.

    The point of my long comment was: it would be extraordinarily stupid for universities to stop covering birth control. Adults have sex. University students are notoriously poor. Paying for a bright young woman to go to public school from kindergarten through sophomore year at a university would be a phenomenal waste of money if she were to have to drop out at age 20 to birth and raise a baby. “Close your legs you slut” is not, contrary to Mr Limbaugh’s assertions, a more effective health care plan than covering the medications that keep women healthy enough to stay in school. Shocking, I know.

    I find it remarkably non-coincidental that the same public figures who think birth control should not be covered also think that nondiscrimination policies are an undue burden on businesses and that a parent should stay home with the kids in every family. No, that doesn’t seem like a coincidence to me at all.

  • DaGoat

    Limbaugh is being his usual bombastic and clueless self, but calls for the White House to demand a FCC investigation are short-sighted. Such actions would be an overreach of government power and would encourage future abuses depending on who’s in the White House.

  • dduck

    DG, yup…………..

  • Is there any media personality more gifted than Limbaugh at getting his political adversaries to publicize his forum? Let’s all fine tune our radios so we don’t miss whatever outrageous utterance next spews forth.

    He is the one chuckling as he stands at the teller’s window of the bank.

  • zephyr

    Good to see you tidbits! Sad to say, you are right. The more RL gets into the sewer and the more people are disgusted by it the happier RL is.

  • dduck

    Let’s not rush to judgement, he may have peaked/peeked and seen four more librul years and stoked up the old hate machine.

  • dduck

    tidbits, are you back or just slumming.

  • rudi

    Does anybody know of a sponsors list for the Limpbaugh media. What would sponsors do if large numbers take their business else where with a boycott!!

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    One company (a mattress manufacturer) has already pulled its avertising from the “show.”

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    i guess we should ask congress dduck, to remove viagra and cialis from the coverage via insurance also. goose /gander?

  • dduck

    Thanks, dr. e., just sent emails to these people.

  • roro80

    tidbits — I adore you as always, but I disagree with you here. The tactic of “ignore him and he’ll go away” doesn’t work with someone like Limbaugh. He already has power, an audience, and a platform. Even if those who disagree with him ignore him, those who agree will not. Deriding him as disgusting and wrong is one of the few tools we have against his rhetoric. Putting pressure on his sponsors works too. I hope the backlash is swift and powerful enough to knock him down a few pegs.

  • Hi roro,

    It’s nice to be adored, and the feeling is mutual. Thank you.

    Limbaugh is an expert at playing both his “ditto head” followers and his detractors. His goal is simply ratings, from ratings – power, and from power – money. Whether praise or criticism, you play into his hands…and his ego.

    If his sponsors leave, or revolt, you have a point. It could hurt him. You also have a point that one cannot sit silent in the face of his verbal assault upon an entire gender. You must respond…unfortunately, that is precisely what he relies upon.

    He has gamed the system so that no matter how you respond (or don’t respond) it works to his benefit. I don’t like the man, but I do respect anyone who can flim-flam the entire system to his benefit.

    Hope you and those you love are doing well.

  • Clarification. Rather than saying that I “respect” anyone who can flim-flam the entire system, I should have said that I have a “perverse admiration” for anyone…

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    tidbits, glad to see you back home here with us again. Thanks.

  • Desert Moderate wrote:

    There was a second assertion in Ms. Gill’s post: individual law students have a right to have taxpayers fund them, to the tune of $80-$100 per month per student, for purchases of the Ortho patch.

    I made no such assertion.

    No where did I speak to the merits or demerits of the asinine amendment – asinine because it was attached to a bill to fund highways — ie, no relevance.

    I did point out the cost of the patch and implied that I thought it would be preferable to the daily pill. That was me writing from personal experience. I took the pill, starting when I was 18, because of my health. Not because I wanted to have sex. It was the recommendation of my doctor. That was 1973. In south Georgia. Today I wear an estrogen patch because I had a complete hysterectomy.

  • roro80 : repeating myself. this post is NOT about the merits or demerits of a public policy position that contraception should be covered by health insurance.

    it is a post about an @ss, a four-times-married/three-times-divorced (he and Newt should start a club) bully, a poor excuse for a role model, a man with a platform and a single goal: how outrageous can I be so I can stay rich.

    Time to put an end to the riches that come from incivility and doing to political discourse what Wall Street did to “financial instruments.”

  • rudi — there is a sponsors list LINKED IN THE ARTICLE. (thanks, Dr E, for making it more explicit)

  • UPDATE: Most of the companies on the two lists — the one I linked to and the one Dr. E copies — are NOT advertisers! Don’t harass them!

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    Dear kathy, I took the link and the list down until we have further clarification. Thanks for your clarification above. I listened to the show recently and many of those listed are indeed advertisers. I think the issue is about listing ‘past’ advertisers. But we shall see. Thanks.

  • Dr E – thanks – wish I’d thought of that.