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Limbaugh's apology wasn't sincerePosted Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at 1:53 PM
Do you remember when you were a child, and you said something really mean to someone? Your parents or teacher would make you apologize -- whether you meant it or not -- or face such consequences as losing recess, toys, or allowance.
Well, political commentator Rush Limbaugh is a child by my aforementioned definition.
After making jabs at a college student's alleged promiscuity because of her advocacy for access to birth control, it seems he only apologized because advertisers were pulling from his show.
Let's go back to the beginning, when a law student went before a congressional committee to explain why she believes contraceptives should be accessible through health care plans.
As a woman who has faced the issues she explained, that seems like an excellent idea.
Although, Limbaugh went on his radio show and said by asking for free contraceptives this young woman was practically selling her body. He even went so far as to ask for access to view these "acts" we would supposedly be paying for.
Mr. Limbaugh obviously hadn't done his research before he started flapping his jaws about a topic there is no way he could fully understand.
Unless of course he has a uterus we are unaware of.
A very close friend of mine found out recently she has cysts on her ovaries. In order to keep them from growing she has to take a certain hormone dosage of an oral contraceptive to reduce the size of the cysts.
Birth control pills can also be instrumental in regulating the menstrual cycle, which can prevent follicles that can eventually turn into cysts.
One thing Limbaugh definitely can't understand: Menstrual cramps.
Pain so intense, it can leave you in the fetal position on the closest comfortable surface with a hot water bottle.
There are other more gruesome details that come once a month which birth control helps to alleviate, but I know men will be reading this too.
Don't let the name "birth control" fool you. I would like to shake the hand of the person who has made that one week a month slightly bearable. I'm not a hugger, but I would even consider a quick embrace for making my life easier.
The website "Funny or Die" made a video shortly before the Limbaugh outburst that made fun of middle-aged men that claimed to know so much about the female body.
One of the men in the parody exclaimed, "Oral contraception is bad, plain and simple. Why? Because I don't understand it and science scares me."
My favorite part, and probably what most men truly believe?
"What qualifies me to be an expert on women's reproductive health?" one man says. "I'm a 59-year old man."
"And late middle-aged men know the most about everything," another declared.
And to top it all off they noted, "Any woman who gets mad at what we have to say is probably on her period."
Don't sit behind your desk, podium or microphone and tell me how my body works if you have never experienced what we go through every single month.
As far as contraception preventing pregnancy, there is one thing these men are apparently forgetting: The old cliche, "It takes two to tango."
Women don't knock themselves up, gentlemen.
Sabrina is a staff writer for the Greene County Daily World. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 847-4487.
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