The ringmaster in the three-ring circus of male chauvinism is drug-addled windbag Rush Limbaugh, who lambasted Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law School student who was denied an opportunity to act as a witness in Darryl Issa's all-male hearing on contraception. To save you from subjecting yourself to the asshole, here's the transcript of his hateful rant:
What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.
She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We're the pimps.
The johns, that's right. We would be the johns -- no! We're not the johns. Well -- yeah, that's right. Pimp's not the right word.
As if the sheer misogyny of the comment weren't bad enough, Limbaugh was detained at an airport after returning from the Dominican Republic with a bunch of Viagra pills prescribed to another man. The circumstantial evidence points to Limbaugh indulging in "Sex Tourism"... yeah, Limbaugh is one to talk about being a "John".
Limbaugh dug his disgusting hole even deeper, by revealing that he really does want to be a consumer in a sex industry, when he calls for Ms. Fluke to post a sex video on the internet:
So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you post the videos online so we can all watch.
Now, this has pretty much been heinous, though run-of-the-mill misogyny, but for the fact that it's being broadcast on the public airwaves, but then it got weird... as Limbaugh dug his hole even deeper, he subconsciously let it be known that he just doesn't seem to understand how oral contraceptives work. This guy is sixty-one years old, and has been married four times, but he has less of a grasp of female sexuality than a typical freshman high school boy. Just let this sink in... the guy has lived with four different women, and he has no idea how oral contraceptives work. This guy doesn't know his
It's one thing to have to rely on pills and prostitutes to be able to engage in sexual activity, but it's another thing entirely to have lived with four different women and have no idea how oral contraceptives work. Limbaugh hates women so much, and he's so sexually confused, he's coming across as yet another conservative closet case (this list needs to be updated). He's losing advertisers minute by minute, but maybe the best approach to taking on Limbaugh is to point out to his fans that, sexually, the guy is a n00b. Point out to your brother-in-law that the guy is ignorant regarding the ladybits, point out to your blowhard co-worker that the guy is basically begging for internet porn like he's a Chatroulette troll. Alpha male, my ass, Rush is less with-it than a typical fifteen year old. Rush's sexual naivete could sink him faster than any amount of "liberal" outrage ever could (though that's no reason to ease up on his advertisers).
While checking out Rumproast (for some reason, my browser keeps crashing when I view my frontpage, but check them out in the blogroll- they are awesome), I saw a comment from Vixen Strangely who wrote a post which makes many of the same points I've made. Please, read her post, and give her some accolades!
UPDATE: Due to a serious backlash, and the loss of several sponsors, Limbaugh has issued the typical nonpology in an effort to quell the public drubbing he's taking. Of course, even when he's claiming to apologize, he's a lying sack of crap- while Ms. Fluke was testifying about women's health, Rush introduced the topic of sex in a puerile and degrading fashion, yet Rush lies:
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities.
Typically, he tries to pass his vicious slander of Ms. Fluke off as a joke:
My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.
There was no setup... his vile characterizations of Ms. Fluke as a "slut" and a "prostitute" weren't punchlines, they were punches. Limbaugh's entire running commentary was an attempt to reduce an intelligent, educated, well-spoken and well-meaning woman to a set of genitals. Back in college, I remember reading an essay in a literary magazine in which the writer spoke of being "marginalized to the point of negation". Being a young, middle-class, straight white male, and unaware of the privilege that I enjoyed by virtue of my identity, I thought the phrase was a bit heavy-handed and overly dramatic, but I get it now... this is precisely what Limbaugh was attempting. Limbaugh's feeble, insincere press release isn't good enough. He engaged in a three-day campaign of attempted character assassination against a woman who was merely exercising her first amendment rights (and to anyone thinking that censuring Limbaugh is a violation of his first amendment rights, nobody has a constitutional right to a platform on the public airwaves), and her duty to stand up for the health concerns of her friends and colleagues. This was no mere joke or poor choice of words. Limbaugh makes his living through the spoken word, the spoken word is his stock-in-trade. He knew exactly what he was saying, and he chose his words for a specific purpose- to tear his perceived "opponent" to shreds. Sorry won't cut it.
Another bizarre development in this shitstorm is that so many right-wingers are hopping on the barbarian bandwagon. Perhaps the craziest attack on Ms. Fluke came from a hapless right-wing blogger who is best known for finding vaginas repulsive... in a completely heterosexual way. HONEST!!!
Let's see if this misogynistic maelstrom sucks the entire right-wing down into oblivion. It's time to show assholes like this that a woman's place is in the Congress.
P.S. Dusty has also covered this subject.