It's not often I get upset, but there are some things that are just plain wrong. And, to sit silently by is, in essence to be morally complicit in the act itself.
As a woman, I struggled for years to find my voice in every aspect of my life. Virtually every woman I know fights this same battle. Research shows that girls start to lose their voices at around the age of 10.
Even smart, strong girls fall to the societal pressure to be nice and fit in. We want to be liked. We avoid conflict. And, ultimately we lose our voice. Some of us find it again as adults.
The truth is, the workplace and the world needs women to speak up. Our perspectives and experiences are invaluable.
If there's one thing I know for sure, it's that every woman's voice makes a difference.
That's why I can't sit idly by when Rush Limbaugh viciously attacks Sandra Fluke, a young woman who had the guts to share her opinion on birth control in a congressional committee.
“It makes her a slut, right … a prostitute ... Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here's the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives ... we want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”
This is intimidation, pure-and-simple. Essentially, he's saying to all women: If you don't agree with me, I will destroy you and humiliate you publicly so you won't dare speak out again.
Limbaugh's platform is huge. His influence is great. And he's using his bully pulpit to disparage women who have no platform to defend themselves. What makes it even worse, is that instead of apologizing he's now upped the ante, calling Fluke “a woman who is happily presenting herself as an immoral, baseless, no-purpose-to-her life woman.” Not only has he twisted the facts, but once again he's trying to shame her for publicly for speaking her mind.
Whether you agree with Rush's position or not is irrelevant. His vile attacks are grossly inappropriate.
This woman who's speaking up could be your sister, mother, wife, friend or colleague. Someone you love and respect. Would you want her to be verbally assaulted this way?
If you believe that women's voices matter, please join me in publicly condemning this behavior.
Demand a public apology and suspension. Tell ClearChannel that this hateful rhetoric against women is not acceptable. Tell his advertisers that you won't buy from them.
Because, if we don't speak up, our silence is complicity.