|Sandra Fluke & Rush Limbaugh|
What Rush has done for us is to call attention to the usage of the word "slut," which is usually applied only to women (although according to the Wiktionary definition of slut, it can be applied to homosexual men as well) and means a sexually promiscuous woman or an immoral woman. Thesaurus.com provides the following list of synonyms for slut: call girl, concubine, courtesan, fallen woman, floozy, hooker, hussy, lady of the evening, loose woman, nymphomaniac, painted woman, slut, streetwalker, strumpet, tramp, and whore. Among these synonyms, not one can be applied to a sexually promiscuous man. Such men are sometimes called "studs," which term doesn't carry the negative sense of the word slut.
That is, sexually promiscuous men are studs, which seems almost something to be admired, while sexually promiscuous women are sluts, something to be looked down on, something disrespectful. The term, in other words, is like an archeological artifact that reflects the usages of older times. Slut is a word from our past when we used other words and terms to discriminate against women without malice aforethought. Like the "n word" in race relations so now the "s word" in gender relations is something we can do without. Thanks to Rush we have dug it up, listened to its usage, and not liked what what we've heard. It is time to get rid of it. Thank you, Rush.