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Tweets At Sandra Fluke Reveal The Scrutiny Your Opinionated Daughter Will Face

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Sandra FlukeSandra Fluke may have been called a “slut” and “prostitute” by Rush Limbaugh simply for expressing her advocacy of birth control. Yet, the moment word got out that President Obama paid a phone call to the young woman and that her parents were admittedly proud of their bright and articulate third year law school educated daughter, Sandra’s Twitter feed began to fill with hateful, misogynistic messages. Many of them run the predictable gamut of scrutinizing Sandra’s appearance to the suggestion that she is sex-crazed. And although being called a “whore” and slandered with sexually-charged language is a common attack on outspoken women and girls, these tweets should concern parents who are hoping to raise thoughtful and opinionated young ladies. Because regardless of whether you personally agree with government mandated birth control coverage, tearing down someone who thinks otherwise with obscenely sexist language doesn’t make for thoughtful discourse — something we should all be striving to teach our kids. [tagbox tag=”slut-shaming”]

Although there were definitely some tweets that hoped to engage with Sandra about her positions, I specifically chose to highlight the tweets that sought to discredit her simply because she is a woman. So, be warned moms and dads who are looking to instill courage and independence in their little girls. If your daughter “dares” to express her unpopular opinion, this is inevitably what she is up against.

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(photo: abcnews.go.com)

15 Comments

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  3. Amy

    March 5, 2012 at 10:32 am

    The extra sad thing is that I would likely win money betting that none of those people actually listened to her speech. They read Rush’s retarded statements and publicly posted their retarded reactions.

    Sad state of affairs. Any info on how to reach out to Ms. Fluke in support?

    • Jen

      March 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Amy: I think that Sandra is asking women to make videos of themselves standing up for BC and post them (and men could get in on the action too!). I’m not on twitter, but I’ve seen links to her twitter account. I would imagine that contacting her via social media could be a great way to do so.

    • Koa Beck

      March 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      Hi Amy. Thanks for reading. You can tweet your support to Sandra Fluke on Twitter: @SandraFluke. There is also a petition denouncing Limbaugh’s misogyny here: https://dscc.org/act4?action_KEY=394

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