Rush Limbaugh & the Word “Whore”

If I wrote a blog post everytime somebody was called a whore….

That would be a lot of blog posts.

And maybe I should.

I have a whole bunch of drafts, when women in the public have been called “whores” for a variety of reasons.

But I never publish them because it seems beside the point to have to tell people, this is what my novel is all about. That you should never, ever call a girl a whore.

It seems incredibly obvious to me.

That the title means: Don’t do it. Don’t call a girl a whore. It’s wrong.

Which is playing out with the Rush Limbaugh blow-out over Sandra Fluke.

I still can’t really believe it. That he called a law student a whore because she’s asking for health care coverage for birth control?

It floors me. Honestly.

So this isn’t the best blog post. And it doesn’t sum up everything that I have to say on the subject. Which is why I don’t really like blogging. It never seems to get at it — what I want to say.

Which is the truth.

I find it much easier to be honest and truthful in fiction. So that’s where I spend the majority of my time.

But this Rush Limbaugh thing. It’s amazing. It takes the war on women to another level.

And it makes me think about this. All these responses to my novel. All this name-calling and “whore” this and “slut” that. When really, if you read the book, it’s about the exact opposite. That a girl should never be called a whore.

That it is ridiculous, over-the-top, in the way that Rush Limbaugh was absolutely out-of-bounds and frankly — just crazy talking when he called Sandra Fluke a whore for petitioning for health care coverage for birth control.

The title is about taking that word — “whore” — and turning it into something else. Changing the meaning from a term that’s meant to be derogatory, to put down and shame, and transforming it into a badge of honor.

Or I don’t know. This is why I don’t like blogging. You could just read the book.

One Comment

  1. Yep. I think Rush might be looking for something insulting enough to get some free press again, but thankfully most folks have figured out when to ignore him.

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