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April 27, 2012

Sluts Across America

We want to give a shoutout to a new birth control advocacy project called Sluts Across America. In case you've been living under a rock, you know that Rush Limbaugh recently called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a slut and a prostitute because she testified at a congressional hearing about the importance of adequate insurance coverage for birth control. You also know that Republican politicians across the country are pushing so much anti-choice, anti-woman legislation right now you'd think they were all contestants on America's Next Top Misogynist or something.

Many of us are at the point where we've just about had enough of this fuckery, and we're all finding creative ways to express that. Sluts Across America is one of those efforts:

Birth control is under attack in the United States.

Conservative members of our government and society have launched what is essentially a war on reproductive rights. They have made attempt after attempt to limit the availability of essential services to women, men, and families who need access to them to live healthy, productive lives.

They have also repeatedly made judgment calls on those of us who do choose to use birth control -- calling our morals and values into question and referring to us as sluts, whores, and other derogatory names -- without even trying to understand that the use of birth control represents an awareness of our individual responsibility to do whatever we can to protect our health, and to ensure that the children we bring into this world are born into families who have the resources and ability to take care of them.

"Sluts Across America" is the collective voice of the women and men in this country who use or support birth control, and are sick of being judged because of our desire to be responsible and safe about our sexual health. If protecting ourselves makhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifes us sluts, then it's time to redefine what "slut" actually means.
Obviously we're going to support any project that mocks Rush Limbaugh and points out how ridiculous and unacceptable it is to slut-shame women for talking about birth control and demanding access to proper health care (or for any other reasons). If you want to participate, just go to their site and add your location and a short message about why you support birth control, and are therefore a big old slut. You'll be in good company:

We're so proud of our fellow East Coast sluts right now, way to represent. Come on Southwest, West Coast, and Pacific Northwest - we know you're sluttier than that. Get to work!

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