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February 28, 2012 5:58 PM Sex-Crazed Coeds Want Your Money!

By Ed Kilgore

When I saw the headline at the right-wing CNS site—“Sex-Crazed Co-Eds Going Broke Buying Birth Control, Student Tells Pelosi Hearing Touting Freebie Mandate”—I really did think another conservative had mistakenly cut and pasted a piece from The Onion, or that some mischievous intern had sandbagged the writer with an ironic topper.

But no: the headline non-ironically reflected the views of columnist Craig Bannister, who in addition to being a big-time wingnut, clearly thinks of himself as a clever dog. Check this out:

A Georgetown co-ed told Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex that they’re going broke, so you and I should pay for their birth control.
Apparently, four out of every ten co-eds are having so much sex that it’s hard to make ends meet if they have to pay for their own contraception, Fluke’s research shows.
“Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school,” Fluke told the hearing.
$3,000 for birth control in three years? That’s a thousand dollars a year of sex - and, she wants us to pay for it.
Yes, us. Where do you think the insurance companies forced to cover this cost get the money to pay for these co-eds to have sex? It comes from the health care insurance premiums you and I pay.
But, back to this woman’s complaint that she’s spending $3,000 for birth control during her time in college.
“For a lot of students, like me, who are on public interest scholarships, that’s practically an entire summer’s salary,” she complains.
So, she earns enough money in just one summer to pays for three full years of sex. And, yes, they are full years - since she and her co-ed classmates are having sex nearly three times a day for three years straight, apparently.
At a dollar a condom if she shops at CVS pharmacy’s website, that $3,000 would buy her 3,000 condoms - or, 1,000 a year… Assuming it’s not a leap year, that’s 1,000 divided by 365 - or having sex 2.74 times a day, every day, for three straight years

He goes on in this vein for quite a bit longer, but you get the drift. This is a guy whose knowledge of birth control is limited to his research on condom prices at the CVS web site. And I’m sure he wonders why women think they need to have a say on regulations governing contraception coverage. The only thing that surprises me is that he didn’t also tell us about CVS’ prices on aspirin.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Darth Mittens on February 28, 2012 6:16 PM:

    I think this is so awesome. They should create their own Committee for the Prevention of Vice and Propogation of Virtue and watch an entire generation of women not vote for them. Next up, those plunging necklines!

  • thebewilderness on February 28, 2012 6:30 PM:

    Wait till he finds out how much he is paying for their mamograms and pap smears. Horrors!
    Do they really want to go down this road, I wonder? Because I really do not think they will like where it takes them.

  • jheartney on February 28, 2012 6:31 PM:

    Given that the guy doesn't seem to have any idea of any form of birth control beyond condoms, as well as from the tenor of his comments ("How dare those sluts violate their sacred virginity!"), I think we can safely assume he's not getting any these days.

  • exlibra on February 28, 2012 6:41 PM:

    I bet his next appearance will be in court, for sexual harassment. I'm sure he has now fired himself up sufficiently to try trawling for those sex-crazed co-eds on Georgetown campus.

  • dalloway on February 28, 2012 6:42 PM:

    Or maybe he is. How much are those coeds (and I) paying for Viagra (one of Limbaugh's drugs of choice), which is covered by pretty much every health plan? What an asshat.

  • thebewilderness on February 28, 2012 6:44 PM:

    "At a dollar a condom if she shops at CVS pharmacy’s website..."

    Does it strike you as odd that he seems to think women should pay for the birth control that men use? Condoms?
    While men should not have to pay through insurance coverage for the BC women use.
    Why is men's BC so much cheaper than women's? Why is mens BC over the counter while womens requires a prescription? Why Why Why? It is just not Faaair! Call the Whambulance, quick.

  • Daddy Love on February 28, 2012 6:48 PM:

    But somehow there's always enough money to give Mitt Romney another tax cut...

  • Mitch on February 28, 2012 6:48 PM:

    My biggest problem with these chastity freaks is that they are utterly out of touch with reality.

    You don't get more Fundie than my family. Bible Belt Baptists, in church at least 3 times a week. I was pulled to anti-abortion rallies and similar protests trhoughout my entire childhood. I can quote the King James Version at great length, even after fifteen years of open atheism.

    So, look at my family. More important, look at the women in my family. There are three in the previous generation and five in my generation. Of those eight women, all but two had children while still teens (including my mother, who had me at fifteen). All but two had children out of wedlock. All but two lost the futures that they should have had, and now live in poverty, raising their children - barely, and then with the help of Uncle Sam.

    So if 75% of the teenaged girls in my extremely religious, Fundamentalist Southern Baptist family cannot remain celibate over the past thirty-plus years, then how does this jackass expect any newly-liberated college student to do the same.

    Conservatives have unnatural and unreasonable expectations of human behavior. Jesus never demanded that people behave perfectly, yet todays "conservatives" have the hubris to claim the right to demand perfect behavior. Even though very few of them do it, either.

  • David on February 28, 2012 7:31 PM:

    Lost me at "co-ed"

  • Steve P on February 28, 2012 7:38 PM:

    "That’s a thousand dollars a year of sex - and, she wants us to pay for it."

    No wonder Craig's outraged. That's a pittance compared to what it costs him.

  • g on February 28, 2012 8:07 PM:

    Well, to be fair, he's simply assuming that everyone's cost for birth control is like his. He's been carrying the same condom around in his wallet for three years, making it incredibly cheap.

  • Al Swearengen on February 28, 2012 8:08 PM:

    The GOP will be dead of old age in 20 years.

    They have NOTHING to offer anyone outside of scared, pissed-off old white people. Good riddance.

  • g on February 28, 2012 8:09 PM:

    On a more serious note - so the right wing thinks its OK that women would have to rely solely on condoms - a form of contraception that makes them depend on the man to use it.

  • Texas Aggie on February 28, 2012 8:10 PM:

    Seems to me that this guy's problem is that he's a product of the "just say no" school and because he never got any sex education, he really doesn't understand the part about how sex occurs. It's obvious that he thinks women have penises or he wouldn't think that they would be buying condoms. His mother needs to sit down with this boy and explain some things to him that she obviously forgot to mention when he was living upstairs.

  • Richard on February 28, 2012 8:18 PM:

    The guy is not all that smart. The GOP'er message memo is this is about Religious Freedom but he blows that wide open with a screed making it all about sex.

    We all know that is what this is about. Folks having sex and GOP'ers do not like that. Unless it is them.

  • a on February 28, 2012 8:20 PM:

    hm, Ed didn't address this person's arguments *at all*. All he managed was childish sneering.

    Thus demonstrating that he knows his audience, and little else.

  • Jimmeh on February 28, 2012 8:51 PM:

    where's this college?

  • Ian on February 28, 2012 9:02 PM:

    Hey, the other advantage of using aspirin as birth control is that they can be reused (at least they can if you hold your knees just right). And then, they can be used for the ensuing headache.

  • thebewilderness on February 28, 2012 9:25 PM:

    Had the person made an argument I have every confidence it would have been addressed. Diatribes are for mocking.

  • jpeckjr on February 28, 2012 9:29 PM:

    Has anyone verified that someone at Rep. Pelosi's hearing did indeed say these things?

    My main takeaway is this: my confidence in Georgetown law school graduates, both women and men, has diminished. With all that sex, how are they keeping up with their studies? I've heard Georgetown is kind of demanding as law school goes.

  • pj in jesusland on February 28, 2012 9:34 PM:

    So it's the co-eds who are "sex crazed", not their male partners. Hmmm.

    A thousand dollars a year sounds cheap compared to the cost of pre- and post-natal care, dna testing, paternity suits, divorce attorneys, child support.

    Just think where Republicans might be today if Arnold Schwarzenegger's housekeeper used contraception.

  • matt w on February 28, 2012 11:38 PM:

    Gosh, and I thought Sandra Fluke's testimony was about a woman who lost an ovary because Georgetown's insurance wouldn't pay for the medication that she needed to control her cysts, which happened to be contraceptive. But "Women Going Broke To Buy Cyst Medication Because Right Wing Hates Sex" doesn't have the same ring to it, does it?

  • dweb on February 28, 2012 11:52 PM:

    .....Um.....Viagara IS covered......why?

  • rbe1 on February 29, 2012 1:59 AM:

    My guess is that the guy has no sex organs whatever, which would explain why he's clueless.

  • stratplayer on February 29, 2012 7:24 AM:

    "Co-ed"?? What is this, 1964?

  • MuddyLee on February 29, 2012 8:18 AM:

    The guy doesn't want to promote lawyer reproduction, does he? But his analysis makes about as much sense as when conservatives compare the federal budget to a family budget - ie, no sense. Hello conservatives: women in law school may be having sex, drinking, reading books with big words in them, using smart phones, even skipping church to study, maybe even reading this blog. I just hope that when some of these female Georgetown law students become federal judges, they will remember these conservative anti-female arguments the same way I remember what whites in the South said about segregation when I was young.

  • John in TX on February 29, 2012 10:06 AM:

    His mother needs to sit down with this boy and explain some things to him that she obviously forgot to mention when he was living upstairs.
    Texas Aggie on February 28, 2012 8:10 PM

    I think it's safe to assume he still is living upstairs and that this little creep is deservedly going to be a virgin for a long, long time.

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on February 29, 2012 11:31 AM:

    Still living upstairs? I'd bet a $1000 worth of Trojans he's been downgraded to the basement!!

    Poor, poor critter. He doesn't even know that birth control has since expanded from the goat bladders of yester-century. With his cost analysis skills this twit hasn't even bothered to entertain the actual reality that if a lady is on hormones (what Ms. Fluke was referring to), she could screw around only once a month or she could screw around everytime a GOP'er says something ridiculously stupid, but the cost would still be the same.

    I wouldn't expect him to know this, since his only partner is probably his dominant hand...

  • heddache on March 01, 2012 7:41 PM:

    I hope these people never stop talking about things they don't understand, the "Freud" value is truly priceless. Please, fellas, tell us what you really think about women-- especially young women-- that they're all dirty, worthless sluts who should be holding asprin between their knees.

    The $3000 price tag Fluke refereed to is paying for the Pill without insurance coverage-- not to condoms, you freakin' maroon. My bc pill without insurance coverage is $80 a month so it would be about $3000 for 3 years. There are some pills out there that cost more.

  • S on March 07, 2012 4:15 PM:

    This whole thing just reads like an old Gilda Radner routine:


    I keep expecting Bannister, Limbaugh et al to turn to the camera and say "Oh ... Never mind."