It’s Thursday, y’all!
And today, I’m feeling a tiny bit hopeful. Yesterday my cousin, a male in his mid 20s who is a proud Republican, re-posted a picture on facebook titled “Liberal Logic 101.”
On one side was Sandra Fluke, with the caption: “Single woman who has so much sex she went broke paying for birth control: NOT A SLUT.”
On the other side was Sarah Palin, with the caption: “Married to the same man for 24 years: SLUT.”
Now y’all know this issue has awakened my inner raging feminist, so I wasn’t going to stay silent. My first post was: “Did you read Sandra Fluke’s testimony? Because she didn’t talk about sex at all. Do your homework. Sincerely, – Your Cousin the Slut.” Then, because I couldn’t resist, I added a link with the comment, “Here’s a link to her super-sexy slutty testimony! It’s almost like watching a porno!”
We then had a little back and forth where he argued that Sandra Fluke wasn’t the point, the point was the double standard that allows liberals to call Sarah Palin names and no one complains and blah blah blah Fox talking points.
I pointed out that you can’t make such a point when the premise is based on an outright lie, and that using Sarah Palin as a red herring in this issue is weak. But I kept it civil and factual after my initial snark.
A few minutes later he sent me a direct message:
Erika, as you may know i’m very conservative and really dislike the liberal stand on many things but i do know what i posted was distasteful to many and I am removing it. I do appreciate you calling me out on it and keeping me honest.
Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather. How often does that happen? No screaming match, no insults flying back and forth, just discussion and eventually, a change of heart. I explained to him how every woman I know is PISSED. How Rush might as well have called me, and every sexually active woman out there, a prostitute and demanded to see sex tapes. I told him I’m raising a daughter in this world, and I find this whole “debate” our nation is embroiled in unbelievable and scary.
His response? “OK. Now your wall post makes sense.” He was talking about that image up above, which I snagged from our sherishu.
I think it is important to make this issue personal. To explain to people that when they slam Sandra Fluke, they might as well be slamming their mothers, sisters, friends and daughters. That going around calling any woman a slut is not OK. I don’t know if I made a difference long term, but I hope that just for today, I made him think a little.
What say you? Is there hope? These are scary times, ladies. It warms my heart knowing that y’all are raising some kick-ass, smart, egalitarian children who will someday save us from this madness!
What’s on your mind today? Chat away!