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Taking Birth Control Does Not Make You A Slut (And Other Observations)

Yesterday the National Women's Law Center hosted a tweetchat with women's health advocate Sandra Fluke and Law Students for Reproductive Justice. The chat provided a great opportunity for university students and employees to learn more about their contraceptive coverage under the health care law and the Obama Administration's proposed accommodation for religiously-affiliated employers.

And although the actual chat conversation was lively and informative, unfortunately a few vocal "participants" attempted to "hijack" (their word) the chat and launch hostile, offensive, and sexist ad hominem attacks on Sandra Fluke and any person who dares to ask his or her school or employer to provide contraceptive coverage. (The worse examples of the comments can be found here.)

So, apparently a woman who advocates for equality in health care exhibits "whorish behavior and a slutty lack of respect." Charming. And a woman who wants contraceptives is "putting an ‘open for business' sign on [her] vagina." Sorry, what???? And it turns out that "progressive girls" need to "quit yer bitchin and get in the kitchen!" Sic!

This type of behavior isn't just offensive, ignorant bullying. And it's not just "boys being boys." Let's call it what it is: sexual harassment. The comments—in addition to being idiotic and mean—are based on outmoded Mad Men-era stereotypes about how men or women in our culture are "supposed to act." (Note: if these comments were being made in a school or university setting, they could contribute to a hostile environment, which Title IX requires a school to remedy.)

If adorable little Riley can understand that gender stereotyping is wrong, why can't we as a society? It's not that hard, people! Yes, some girls like superheroes. And, no, women on birth control aren't sluts.

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Sluts have rights too, don't they ?!?

The Caption of this Article just got me thinking,,
why defend or protest whether birth control means someone is a "slut" or NOT?
I will take one for the team and ask;
aren't "sluts" covered under The Constitution, The Bill of Rights and every other law as well as a "Saint" would be ?? Whether it is a result of rape or consensual sex, a matter of genetic health issues or poor life choices is not for the "popular opinion" to determine. There are too many "unknown factors" in EVERY individuals lives for a "blanket rule" about what
a woman can and cannot choose. For those who would deny services on religious objections, they are clearly in the wrong line of work. And the wrong religion for that matter, GOD doesn't stand in the way of OUR free will... do they think HE approves of hampering another's free will in HIS name? He will deal with all us "Sinners" when our day comes. For the Business Associates that would put employees religion before Patient personal wishes.. should be forced to pay violations by BIBLICAL terms. Tithe your penalties to the affected parties. 10% of your gross annual profits. If the Bible justified you denying patient care, the Bible can justify the damages you pay!

Contraceptives controversy

And men who take boner pills use it for recreation, not medical...!!??
Let them pay

Hijacking #cceduchat

They are still doing it today. Nothing to offer except ignorance & insults & all I have looked into are obviously men posing as women. Pathetic. Here's another one for the collection I pasted this morning.

Angela ‏ @AnelaKona So what else should we pay for? What other "free" stuff do you want? #cceduchat

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