By know you’ve probably heard radio personality Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a slut during one of his radio broadcasts. Fluke testified before a Congressional group about the need for contraception health care coverage. Limbaugh may have singled out Fluke during his broadcast, but his hateful rhetoric is part of a larger effort in the war on women to shame those who advocate for women’s health, specifically, reproductive health.
With our votes, we can show Limbaugh, and others who would silence women, that we won’t be bullied. We can vote in the ballot booth for candidates who support women’s rights and we can vote now with our wallets. An effort is underway to boycott sponsors of Limbaugh’s radio show. And the National Organization for Women has called on Clear Channel, which broadcasts Limbaugh’s show, to pull the show off the air.
According to a story published this morning on The Huffington Post, Legal Zoom, Citrix Success, Heart and Body Extract, AutoZone, Quicken Loans, Sleep Train, Sleep Number and Oreck have pulled their ads from the radio show and the following companies have not: ProFlowers, CARBONITE, Inc., Mid-West Life Insurance Company of Tennessee, American Forces Network, Mission Pharmacal Company, Life Quotes, Inc., Life Lock, Tax Resolution and AOL.*
Choices Campus Blog has contact information for Limbaugh’s sponsors, so if you have time today, listen to Rep. Jackie Speier, one of our Heroine of the Week recipients, and let Limbaugh’s sponsors know we won’t be called sluts and want their support in boycotting Rush. Use Facebook, Twitter (#boycottrush)and Pinterest to let Limbaugh and his sponsors hear your voice.
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*Please confirm the sponsors’ position as this boycott effort has been evolving quickly.