Dear Mr. Beck: We Are All Hookers


Dear Mr. Beck,

I understand it is your contention that “only hookers go to Planned Parenthood.”

There must be a lot of hookers out here. 

I am one of them.

When I was in college, I went to a Planned Parenthood for a pelvic exam, and for my first contraceptive method.  I didn’t know then I was a hooker since I was in a serious relationship and it didn’t involve an exchange of money for sex, but I guess I must have been.  Young adults ages 18 to 24 years old make up more than 50 percent of the clientele of some Planned Parenthood clinics, such as those run by Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania.  You may be surprised to know that even the members and leadership of College Republicans at Pitt’s college use the services provided and felt that cutting funding for Planned Parenthood was and is “counterintuitive.”  But I guess by your definition, all of the hundreds of thousands of college students who receive affordable gynecological and reproductive health care, contraceptive supplies and expert medical advice every year at Planned Parenthood clinics are hookers.  Including those young Republicans.

Those college students, and millions of other men and women get access to affordable contraception every year through Planned Parenthood, without which there would be countless numbers of additional unintended pregnancies and abortions. I guess denying them those services by ridiculing both the providers and the clients would give you more to laugh about when talking on air about people’s very real need to manage their reproductive lives.  But then, they don’t deserve your respect, do they….because they are all “hookers.”

My aunt, who worked for years as a waitress to support three children after becoming a  widow at a young age, sought gynecological and related health services at a Planned Parenthood clinic.  I didn’t realize she was a hooker either.  If she were, she’d probably have made a lot more money than waiting tables for people, kinda like you, who thought they were better than struggling waitresses.  She never had the chance to make (a reported) $25 million per year using broadcast media acting like an undisciplined child, spreading lies and innuendo, and making fun of people who struggle for a living.  Then again, she had too much integrity to do the kinds of things you do.

In 2007, Planned Parenthood clinics provided 30,000 clients with the HPV vaccines proven effective against a virus known to cause cervical cancer.  Those clients probably didn’t know they were hookers, but I am pretty sure they are glad they are, so they could be protected from developing cervical cancer.  More than 12,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2007 according to the Centers for Disease Control, and more than 4,000 of them died, leaving behind loving husbands, same-sex partners, their own mothers and fathers, children, nieces, nephews, friends and community.

These are women like Deb Zupke of Minnesota, a former Planned Parenthood patient.  She and her older sisters started going to Planned Parenthood in high school and college. As the daughters of a dairy farmer, she states: “We were not the richest people in town,” but the low-cost annual exams and contraception fit their budgets, she says. An exam at Planned Parenthood discovered one of her sisters had cervical cancer and, because it was caught in the early stages, her sister was treated successfully. Zupke stopped going to Planned Parenthood after she got a job with health insurance, but one older sister liked the clinic so much that she continued to use Planned Parenthood as her primary health care provider for years-until she was pregnant with her first (and planned) child.  

Lots of farmers are also hookers, it appears.

The accessibility of the pap smear–made widely available and accessible to low-income women by Planned Parenthood–has completely changed the landscape with regard to cervical cancer, which used to be one of the leading causes of death in women in the United States.  Planned Parenthood has greatly increased access to pap smears for African American women, who still die from cervical cancer at higher rates than women of other races.  But for the constant attacks on the organization such as you make, Planned Parenthood could further expand access to populations in need.  But since you so clearly deride all these hookers–whose welfare you otherwise lament when talking about the choices some might make to terminate a pregnancy and manage their lives–I am quite sure you don’t care about how they might access tests that might save their lives.

Then there are the 102,000-plus hookers who are men seeking reversible contraception who visited Planned Parenthood clinics in 2007.  A lot o’ male hookers gettin’ in the doors over there.

There are the older women who visit Planned Parenthood because on fixed incomes they can not possibly afford the health care they need, and so seek out Planned Parenthood clinics for help with concerns about breast health, menopause, blood pressure checks, diabetes testing and referrals they need to see a specialist.  We have no idea how many of these older “hookers” would be dead for lack of early detection of, say, breast cancer.  I am sure that their children and grandchildren are happy they are hookers, so they can access Planned Parenthood services and stay around to enjoy the next generation.  You might not agree.  To you, they are expendable, I guess, once they are no longer valuable to Koch Industries or other titans of commerce.

And finally, there are the “hooker’s hookers.” The women and men who are in fact sex workers.  They are, you might be surprised to know, human beings with health needs just like everyone else.  And they too seek out Planned Parenthood services for contraceptive supplies, HPV vaccines, breast exams and related needs. 

All of us make up those millions of hookers visiting Planned Parenthood every day.

Speaking for them, I’d venture to say that we are all glad to be hookers, by your definition.

At least we know which one of us is the real whore.

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  • saltyc

    we’re all hookers, wouldn’t you like to be a hooker too?

     

    But anyway, I listened to that radio clip. Beck and some idiot are laughing like hyenas over a woman’s story about, what she called, her “unfortunate and devastating abortion,” mocking her as stupid and selfish, and being totally giddy about it. I thought they really cared about the unborn. How could they be laughing so hard they snort and babble when talking about the “murder of an unborn child???” They’re really laughing cause they succeeded in pulling the wool over so many American’s eyes, they succeeded in handing over wealth to the wealthy, thereby increasing misery and poverty, thereby increasing abortion, all the while blaming women solely for their abortions and forcing them to the doorsteps of the next Hermit Gosnells. Hahahaha. Ha.   Ha.

  • colleen

    wouldn’t you like to be a hooker too?

    Not if it meant I had to have sex with Glem Beck

  • ack

    Wow! I must have internalized my victimization so much that I didn’t even know that I was getting paid in cash for the awesome sex I had in my monogomous relationships. Then again, the term “internalized victimization” probably means nothing to Beck.

     

    SO WHY WAS I AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD!!!???!!! I’M SO CONFUSED!!!!!

  • ack

    Isn’t the stat that one in five women visit a Planned Parenthood clinic at some point in their lives? So 20% of American women are hookers?

  • plume-assassine

    Glenn Beck can officially go f-ck himself.

  • princess-jourdan

    I am SO glad his worthless ass is getting kicked off of TV in a few weeks. Not even Fox Noise could stand to put up with his nonsensical psychobabble any longer…that really says a lot when a network like that kicks you out for being too hateful!! Bye bye, Glen, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!!! :)

  • crowepps

    The network cares that sponsors are abandoning ship and his show isn’t making money.  If it was still making money he wouldn’t be going anywhere.

  • elburto

    I know where I’m going for my summer holiday this year!

    Beck is a laughing stock here in the UK. One of our amazing writers/TV critics, Charlie Brooker, regularly mocks him on his show, Screenwipe. He likes to play those clips of Beck crying. It’s how I heard about his antics.

  • lmgerber

    Thank you for this wonderful article. I was so glad to read something that I was feeling too. It made me sick to hear Beck and his sidekick laughing and demeaning women for a deeply personal and life-changing decision and a CHOICE that is no one’s business but their own…and then to demean hookers along with it. He needs his mouth duct-taped forever. What is scary is that so many of his sheep believe what he says and spews his lies as truth.

  • davel

    You know what makes my stomach turn?  Beck’s unspoken assumption that hookers shouldn’t have access to contraception, STD screening, and other reproductive healthcare.  It kind of gives you insight into how it is so many women can be anti-choice: it’s like

     

    “I see that you are a member of group X.  Now, as you may know, there are good Xs and there are bad Xs.  The bad Xs deserve to be raped and beaten and left to die in the gutter.  All the good Xs agree this is so… you are one of the good Xs, right?”

  • catseye71352

    Need a gallon of brain bleach after that comment.

  • jrm83

    Are you sure that’ll be enough?

  • arekushieru

    Elburto, have you heard of Rick Mercer?  I don’t live in the US, either.  I am American however because I was born and raised in Canada and he likes to mock US-centrism, not just specific talking heads.  He’s brilliant.  And he sounds much like your Charlie Brooker.  

  • ack

    There’s a horrible societal message that people involved in sex work “deserve” any “consequence” that arises. Those “consequences” include STIs, rape, physical violence, and murder. The average age of entry into prostitution in Arizona is 13. THIRTEEN. Those women that Glenn Beck thinks somehow deserve disease, infection, and unwanted pregnancy were most likely prostituted as teenagers. Funny how once they turn 18, no one looks at them as victims. And even the underage girls are often treated like criminals…

  • colleen

    horrible mental image, I know. This is a common problem when discussing republican men and their ‘love’ lives. I personally find it almost impossible to even look at David Vitter  and the Head of the Republican party, R Limbaugh….well, enough said.

  • choice-joyce

    The real right-wing point behind the ‘hookers’ comment is that any woman who has sex outside of marriage is a whore because good women don’t have or enjoy sex. It’s a comment that showcases Republican’s fear and hatred of women’s sexuality.

  • sayna

    http://firedoglake.com/2009/09/23/glenn-beck-mocked-womans-miscarriage-on-the-air/

    He called up a rival radio host’s wife after she had a miscarriage and said that it was because  her husband couldn’t do anything right, including making a baby. This guy has a deep hatred of women.

  • ldan

    What a disgusting excuse for a human being.

     

    The next time some anti trots out the “you could be aborting the genius with the cure for cancer,” I think that “and I might be aborting Glen Beck,” is an appropriate response that sidesteps Godwin’s Law. I mean really, would anything in the world be lessened if he had never existed?

  • arekushieru

    Hiya, Joyce!  It’s nice to see you posting here!  :D

  • niceguy122

    We would gladly fully fund PP if it would stop taking referral money from abortionists. Safe, legal AND rare….

     

  • arekushieru

    Why should it be rare?  It’s a legal medical procedure.  Why should it be restricted, thus placing all responsibility on the woman, when no other medical procedure is regulated in such a manner?

     

    You do know that 97% of PP’s services go towards preventative care, including prevention of unplanned pregnancies?  And that NONE of the abortion services are funded by Title X, right?  So, why should 97% of the women not receive care simply because you disagree with 3% of its services?  Where else are organizations regulated to that extent?  Hmmmm…. I think I smell hypocrisy… once again….

  • ldan

    What? Doctors don’t do kickbacks for referrals. There’s a bunch of things about that scenario that would be unethical. Abortion isn’t one of them.

     

    Hint, calling doctors who provide abortion “abortionists” kind of gives away your agenda; which doesn’t want to see abortion be safe or legal, so we don’t really care how rare you think it should be. Take your judgement elsewhere, we’re not buying it.

  • lukassa

    When I was 16 I went to Planned Parenthood for an HIV test. I had been date raped by a guy in my Christian Youth Group, after a day spent working with him at the Soup Kitchen. I couldn’t tell my parents. The doctor and the nurse who talked to me were amazing, understanding. They saw how scared I was and reassured me, sat me down, showed me the negative test results, brought me tissues.

    Planned Parenthood looked after me when the church could not. I wish there was some way Mr. Beck could get that into his head.

  • colleen

    From the mainstream (center right)

    You flatter yourself

  • catseye71352

    Way back in the dark ages when I was in the dating market, one of the first things I learned was that if a man said, “I’m a nice guy,” it means RUN THE OTHER DIRECTION!!!

  • wendy-banks

    Foxheads think most Americans are like them– Ignorant, far-right, tea-parting loons.

  • colleen

    I learned to run faster if he says, “I’m a nice Christian guy.”