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Rock the Slut Vote

Rock the Slut Vote

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When American right-wing extremist Rush Limbaugh trolled women everywhere by calling anyone demanding that healthcare include free birth control a “slut”, he started a fight. For women already inspired by the Slutwalk movement’s efforts to reclaim the derisive term, it provided a trigger for political action.

2012 is a US Presidential election year, and the contenders for the Republican nomination have made many statements and and taken official stands about their desire to limit access to birth control and reproductive choice for women.

Obviously, women’s groups are responding by organizing their voices and votes. An interesting example is “Rock the Slut Vote”.

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According to their site:

“Our mission is to fight the GOP effort to bully, subjugate and silence women. We will wrest the power from the word slut and help women get informed, get involved, get registered and vote.

We are you. We are your sisters. We are your nieces and aunts. We are your best friends. We are your wives and partners. We are your daughters, mothers and grandmothers. We are the men in your lives who love and respect women. Together, we are a force to be reckoned with.

Join us — put on your boots and your dogtags — Go Forth, Raise Hell, and Rock The Slut Vote in 2012.”

The campaign has a heavy focus on social media, with Facebook and Twitter presence, a customized “dogtag” badge for members to use on their profiles (and in real life), and a typical selection of t-shirts, bumper stickers, lawn signs, buttons, etc. available for sale on Cafe Press

So far, Rock the Slut Vote only has about 550 “likes” on Facebook and a measly 28 Twitter followers, but they just launched this month.

Think you might be a slut? See their self-identification checklist after the break.

You might be a slut:

If you are a Liberal
If you are a Democrat
If you are an Independent
If you are a Republican who rejects the war on women
If you are raising strong, independent daughters
If you don’t go to church
If you ever burned your bra
If you remember Woodstock
If you ever attended a sit-in
If you’ve ever used contraception
If you’ve ever been tested for an STD
If you voted for Hillary in 2008
If you’ve ever gone to Planned Parenthood
If you’ve ever donated to Planned Parenthood
If you’ve ever taken a pregnancy test
If you’re single or the mom of a single mom
If you teach your daughters about safe sex
If you think being called a feminist is a compliment
If you don’t want your employer policing your health care
If you’re still buying Dixie Chick CDs
If you’ve ever lived with a boyfriend
If you want to marry your girlfriend
If you’ve ever been divorced
If you’ve ever had an abortion
If you speak up when they tell you to shut up

You might be a slut if you believe:

Criminalizing contraception is wrong
Comprehensive, preventive women’s health care is a right
What you do in your own bedroom is no one’s business
Your relationship with your doctor is private
You get to make your own decisions about your body
One voice can make a difference
The war on women is real and must be stopped
That a vote for women’s rights is a vote for everyone’s rights
Women who unite and vote can change the world
Protecting women’s rights should be a ‘single-issue vote’
The war on women will be settled at the ballot box

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Advertiser:
Rock the Slut Vote
Source:
Proud to be a filthy liberal scum (Facebook group)

I am Creative Director at Acart Communications, a Canadian Social Issues Marketing agency. Read more
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