A War on the Truth

-By Frank Salvato

Have you heard this one? What do you call a law school co-ed who needs $1000 worth of birth control…annually? Evidently, in today’s politically correct society – a society devoid of the concept of shame – a women’s health advocate.

Two of the casualties of the Progressive Movement – the movement that gave us the unyielding mandate of “tolerance,” the one-size-fits-all prescription for forced diversity, an American citizenry who, in order to be American must divide itself up based on a multicultural edict, and the shadow set of laws known as political correctness – are truth and the capacity to state truth. The Fluke-Limbaugh faux controversy is a perfect example.

A hypothetical (which really isn’t but I need to use the disclaimer for our purposes here)…

A modern day woman, youthful to middle-aged, frequents a popular local eating and drinking establishment. She is considered a “regular” to many, and is known to the staff and to the other “regulars” who find themselves in that establishment on a more frequent basis. For the purposes of example, let’s call her Candra.

Now, Candra had a good upbringing. Her parents – upper-middle class and considered successful – were able to save enough money to put Candra through college. She graduated and landed a decent job. She works hard, her co-workers like her and her employers are glad to have her as part of the team. Candra’s philosophy about life is “I work hard, so I play hard,” and who can blame her. She’s in the prime of her life. She’s single. She’s free. So, Candra enjoys a hearty social life.

Now, Candra reaps the benefit of a society changed by the radical feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. She understands that she is the master of her body and that no man – and no woman – has the right to tell her what she can and cannot do with her body, but for the boundaries of legality. So, when Candra is drawn to someone – or attracted to someone, whether it is because of his looks, his banter, his station in life or (and she’s knows this is shallow, but hey, people do worse things) his money – for whatever reason, when Candra is drawn to someone she sees no reason to set personal boundaries; boundaries that have oppressed the sexuality of women through past generations. If she chooses to leave with the man, if she chooses to have sex with the man – whether under the guise of a budding relationship or just for the night – she sees no reason why anyone should deny her that opportunity…or even have an opinion about it. It is her choice. It is her right.

The people who know Candra see her leaving at the end of the evening, time after time, with different men. Some of the men return to see Candra again but many don’t. And, in the end, everyone knows that Candra has a penchant for being uninhibited where her sex life is concerned and many have identified the fact that she has many sex partners…many sex partners.

Now, politically correct or not, in those places deep within us where we foment our unedited opinions; those places that we refuse to acknowledge publicly for fear some intolerant Progressive mind thug will brandish his or her bullhorn to scream “bigot” or “sexist” or even “Conservative,” we all know that if a woman is known to have slept with a different guy every few nights, that woman is considered, by an overwhelming number of both men and women, to be “easy”…or “promiscuous”…or, more pointedly, a “slut.” I know, I know. But, all the shrieks and gasps, all the condemnation and protest over the use of the word doesn’t change the fact that “slut,” by definition means:

“…a pejorative term for a person who is deemed sexually promiscuous, dating to circa 1450.”

And, of course, we all understand “promiscuous” to mean:

“…characterized by or involving indiscriminate mingling or association, especially having sexual relations with a number of partners on a casual basis.”

So, Candra, who – being a modern woman who is liberated of the oppression of discernment where the number of her sexual partners is concerned – is, by all matters of definition, “promiscuous,” or, if one employs the thesaurus, a “slut.”

Hypothetical over…

President Obama was correct in at least one thing that he said in the run up to his presidency: words matter. I would go so far as to say not only do words matter, but truth matters, no matter how cutting it may be.

In an article titled, In Defense of Slut-Shaming, Cassy Fiano writes:

“… is ‘slut-shaming,’ Limbaugh’s infraction, really such a horrible crime?

“Sandra Fluke is just one in a long line of pseudo-feminists celebrating their sluthood.

“Jessica Valenti, founder of Feministing, the largest feminist blog, wrote a book on it. She claimed that purity oppressed young women, not the Girls Gone Wild porn chic culture. Monica Shores, who writes for Ms. Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Alternet, made a handy little checklist of reasons why girls should have casual sex. It’s empowering! You can learn about your sexuality! Salon writer Tracy Clark-Flory wrote that casual sex is a great way to earn respect. Feminist writer and activist Jaclyn Friedman wrote a piece called “My Sluthood, Myself,” in which she opined that being a slut is “liberating” and “healing.” A blogger at Slate, specifically addressing the Limbaugh controversy, stated that Fluke’s sex positivity recharges feminism.

“But the trend goes much deeper than just a handful of feminists. Last year, SlutWalks became a worldwide craze, with feminists urging women to participate in order to revel in their sexuality and proudly reclaim the word slut. SlutWalks took place in cities across the United States, Canada, and Britain.

“And then of course, there’s the feminist preoccupation with abortion and birth control, both issues employed solely to enable a woman’s right to have sex without consequences, as much as she wants. This objective is virtually the only thing feminists care about now… Real feminist issues like, say, stoning and sharia law are rarely, if ever, touched upon….”

Wow…“casual sex is a great way to earn respect.” Unbelievable.

This is what passes for socially relevant intellectualism in today’s Progressive compliant society. By that measure, our hypothetical “Candra” should be right up there with Mother Teresa, Abigail Adams and Rosa Parks. After all, Candra’s accomplishment isn’t just that of attaining “slut” status; of bedding anyone she wants, whenever she wants, without fear of responsibility of consequence, it’s that she has achieved it without one scintilla of shame.

Now there’s a word that went out with the feminist revolution of the 1960s and 1970s…“shame.” We should all look that one up…
Frank Salvato is the managing editor for The New Media Journal . He serves at the Executive Director of the Basics Project, a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(C)(3) research and education initiative. His pieces are regularly featured in over 100 publications both nationally and internationally. He has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, and is a regular guest on The Right Balance with Greg Allen on the Accent Radio Network, as well as an occasional guest on numerous radio shows coast to coast. He recently partnered in producing the first-ever symposium on the threat of radical Islamist terrorism in Washington, DC. His pieces have been recognized by the House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict. He can be contacted at oped@newmediajournal.us

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