Gender specific insults denote low IQ and history of sexual rejection. In short, it makes you an ASSHAT! A gender neutral asshat. The “Rush” issue and the original Church and State issue in this case have been horrifically intertwined when they are in fact completely separate issues.
A few of the most obvious conflated policy questions I see as obvious:
1. Should preventative care be covered for men and women free of charge under our new health care regulations?
2. Should religious institutions with employee health care benefits also have to abide by the new healthcare regulations regardless of the institutions religious dogma?
3. Should our culture passively endorse an attitude which analyzes the content of a woman’s testimony relative to her sexual behavior, and then further reduces her to a vessel for men to transact with sexually?
These are completely independent issues that have been insidiously enmeshed and given a thick coat of cultural shenanigans. To make any rational intelligent case for one position or the other, these issues need to be looked at independently.
Just my 2 cents.