The Regular Guy was out of pocket the last two days, so I missed this big story. Apparently some silly young Georgetown law student named Sandra Fluke went to Congress to complain that her Catholic university, which costs her something on the order of $60k a year to attend if you add in room and board, doesn't also supply her free birth control as part of their health plan. She thinks the extra $9/mo. or so birth control pills cost at Walmart is simply too much for her to bear. Pretty pathetic, actually, but this is the kind of infantile behavior you get when the government infantilizes people. You would think some feminist somewhere would make the point that real feminism was about empowering women to be able to fend for themselves, not turning them into meek schoolgirls with their hands out asking for charity.*
Well, apparently, she's now a full-fledged victim because Rush Limbaugh had the audacity to joke about her willingness to prostitute herself -- making the point that she's essentially wanting someone to pay her for having sex. Not all that funny, but clearly a joke.
So, since her fifteen minutes of fame will soon be over, we'll make this silly young person our Girl of the Day:
* How do I know that this story turns feminism on its head? Consider: wasn't the point of feminism to argue that women were just as strong and capable as men? But could you ever imagine that a young man would come to Congress to whine about how someone else ought to be obliged to pay for his rubbers? Wouldn't grown up men laugh him out of the room? But, somehow, because this is a young woman, we're supposed to bow down at her victim status and not notice that the premise of her whole argument is that she's completely incapable of managing her own contraception purchases and completely incapable of coming up with an extra $100 a year on her own. Sheesh!