Sluts unite

Rush Limbaugh’s ill-chosen word to describe a law student’s testimony about the need for contraceptive coverage by insurance companies has certainly sparked the creative side of his opponents.

Earlier today, for example, I posted the video of a song called “I’m a slut.” Now, a condom company — Sir Richard’s — has created the Sluts Unite website in an effort to tap into social media, offering avatars to visitors:

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The site also has provided a Slut Oath


I believe that sex represents more than just the creation of children.

I believe it is an enjoyable, healthy and a profound part of the human experience.

I also believe that the responsible use of birth control is an essential component of a mature, civilized society.

And if these beliefs make me a slut in some people’s eyes, then so be it.

I will stand united with my fellow sluts, now and always.

Behind the humor, however, is a very real and passionate debate about contraception not seen since the 1960s in this country.

Today at the Vatican, the Pope addressed a meeting of U.S. bishops and said the Christian community has to understand the value of chastity.


Young people need to encounter the Church’s teaching in its integrity, challenging and countercultural as that teaching may be; more importantly, they need to see it embodied by faithful married couples who bear convincing witness to its truth. They also need to be supported as they struggle to make wise choices at a difficult and confusing time in their lives. Chastity, as the Catechism reminds us, involves an ongoing “apprenticeship in self-mastery which is a training in human freedom” (2339). In a society which increasingly tends to misunderstand and even ridicule this essential dimension of Christian teaching, young people need to be reassured that “if we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, absolutely nothing, of what makes life free, beautiful and great” (Homily, Inaugural Mass of the Pontificate, 24 April 2005).

Let me conclude by recalling that all our efforts in this area are ultimately concerned with the good of children, who have a fundamental right to grow up with a healthy understanding of sexuality and its proper place in human relationships. Children are the greatest treasure and the future of every society: truly caring for them means recognizing our responsibility to teach, defend and live the moral virtues which are the key to human fulfillment. It is my hope that the Church in the United States, however chastened by the events of the past decade, will persevere in its historic mission of educating the young and thus contribute to the consolidation of that sound family life which is the surest guarantee of intergenerational solidarity and the health of society as a whole.I now commend you and your brother Bishops, with the flock entrusted to your pastoral care, to the loving intercession of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. To all of you I willingly impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of wisdom, strength and peace in the Lord.

  • Jim Shapiro

    Re the Pope and his concerns –

    “Let me conclude by recalling that all our efforts in this area are ultimately concerned with the good of children, who have a fundamental right to grow up with a healthy understanding of sexuality and its proper place in human relationships.”

    Really?!?!? Yet another illustration of truth being stranger than fiction.

    Perhaps the CEO of MisoynistPedophilesR’Us should spend a little more time reading the gospels and a little less time guaranteeing his front row seat in hell.

  • Amy

    Hilarious!! How each of these twists the issue to fit their own needs and the issue itself is not at all discussed! Now perhaps we could add “the catholic hypocrites” to it as well, although I don’t disagree with what the Pope is saying, it’s just where it’s coming from.

    The real issue to me is sexism, sexism, sexism. I don’t want to be a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh’s definition, or anybody’s else’s for that matter. If men were the predominant gender responsible for birth control, do you think Limbaugh would’ve said, “we call him a player?” NO. In fact men who sleep around are revered!

    So it is funny to me only that our senator said it best long ago, “Rush Limbaugh is a BIG FAT IDIOT!” And a sexist one at that.

  • bsimon

    Maybe its just me, but I didn’t think ‘slut’ was the worst thing he said. He went on to suggest that Fluke, and anyone else on birth control, should record videos of their sexual acts and provide them to the rest of us in return for providing birth control. Pretty disturbing, if you ask me.

  • Regan

    How ’bout these ones Jim:

    1.)”Young people need to encounter the Church’s teaching in its integrity…”

    The Church’s integrity. Really?

    2.)”…they need to see it embodied by faithful married couples who bear convincing witness to its truth…”

    “Who bear CONVINCING witness” The truth is obvious and needs no convincing of it.

    or do we pretend to be faithful in the public eye and then behind closed doors let all hell break loose?

    3.)”Chastity, as the Catechism reminds us, involves an ongoing “apprenticeship in self-mastery which is a training in human freedom” (2339″

    Oye!

    4.) “It is my hope that the Church in the United States, however chastened by the events of the past decade, will persevere in its historic mission of educating the young and thus contribute to the consolidation of that sound family life which is the surest guarantee of intergenerational solidarity and the health of society as a whole”

    Apparently, Catholic pedophilia is only an American disorder and doesn’t happen anywhere else. Oye, squared.