Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke condemned Hustler magazine on Wednesday for publishing a fake pornographic image of conservative commentator S.E. Cupp.
The Blaze first reported that Hustler had published the fake image, which depicted Cupp with a penis in her mouth. Beside the picture, a brief paragraph attacked Cupp for her “dumb ideas like defunding Planned Parenthood.”
“It’s a doctored photo, so it’s not like I’m embarrassed because I performed this act and they caught it on film,” Cupp told The Blaze founder Glenn Beck. “It’s embarrassing because, as you said, it will be out there forever. The fact that I work really hard, and am an Ivy League educated young woman with a pretty good job doesn’t really matter when you look at a photo like this.”
Fluke decried the “offensive” depiction of Cupp on Twitter. She said the sexualization of female public figures was meant to limit them to being merely sexual objects and nothing more.
“That’s satire,” Larry Flynt, the publisher of the pornographic magazine, told The Blaze. “I’m able to publish this because of the Supreme Court case I won in 1984, Flynt v. Falwell.”
Fluke was thrown into the public spotlight after she testified in Congress about female contraception. Fluke explained that her friend could not afford the oral contraceptive medication she needed to prevent ovarian cysts because her university refused to pay for them on religious grounds.
“After months of paying over $100 out-of pocket, she just couldn’t afford her medication anymore, and she had to stop taking it,” Fluke testified. “Without her taking the birth control, a massive cyst the size of a tennis ball had grown on her ovary. She had to have surgery to remove her entire ovary as a result.”
But on his show, conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh accused Fluke of not being able to afford contraception because she was “having so much sex.” He also demanded that women post sex tapes online if they use insurance-covered birth control. Limbaugh berated Fluke as a “slut” and a “prostitute” for her testimony.
Limbaugh comments ignited a boycott which drove away sponsors and appears to have hurt his ratings. But Cupp predicted that the fake pornographic image wouldn’t cause a similar reaction.
“The outrage of Sandra Fluke will not be matched on my side,” Cupp told The Blaze. “It seems that feminism has devolved into an institution that has picked losers and winners and has decided that some women qualify for respect and other women do not.”
[Ed. note: Updated after publication]
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