Enter Sandra Fluke, who openly admitted that she is a sexually active graduate student. She has more than one partner, perhaps many partners. She had the gall to admit this without shame. Her testimony about birth control and why it should be covered under healthcare became lost among the cries of ‘slut’ and ‘whore’.
There is name for this. It is called slut-shaming. Slut-shaming, also known as slut-bashing, “is the idea of shaming and/or attacking a woman or a girl for being sexual, having one or more sexual partners, acknowledging sexual feelings, and/or acting on sexual feelings. Furthermore, it’s “about the implication that if a woman has sex that traditional society disapproves of, she should feel guilty and inferior” (Alon Levy, Slut Shaming). It is damaging not only to the girls and women targeted, but to women in general and society as a whole. It should be noted that slut-shaming can occur even if the term “slut” itself is not used.” [source]
It remains a mystery to many women why this is still an issue in 2012. There seems to be whole section of society that wants to put the cat back in the bag, as it were, with respect to sexual freedom.
It will never happen.
Sexual empowerment is powerful. Women and men are allowed to choose how to conduct their sexual lives—with no interference from anyone. The caveat is, of course, that the sexual activity must be between consenting adults.
Now to the argument that everything I have written is all well and good, but the government should not have to subsidize a lifestyle by paying for birth control.
This is simply another form of slut-shaming. The fact is that insurance is all about subsidizing lifestyle. Cancer screeners for those who enjoy the sun, cigarettes, and other known carcinogens; Viagra for men; paying for pregnancy care and delivery (yes, having children is a choice and a lifestyle); heart surgery for the person who eats red meat at every meal; and on and on and on.
Everything is a lifestyle, and the sexual activity of a woman is not to be questioned by anyone. By providing her with birth control you are simply allowing her to practice her lifestyle in the safest manner possible, similar to the cholesterol pills Aunt Ida takes while frying up eggs for breakfast.