“Slut” and “Prostitute” are the names Rush Limbaugh used to describe Sandra Fluke that most people remember. However the name “feminazi” is perhaps the most revealing word he used to describe her and women “like her”. Here is the exact quote from Thursday’s show, the show aired after he had a chance to reflect on his first comments, calling Ms. Fluke a slut and a prostitute. On Thursday he said:
“So, Ms. 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. And I’ll tell you what it is. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”
Limbaugh is famous for popularizing the word “feminazi.” For decades, Limbaugh has been using the term, without apology, to smear the feminist movement. He wrote in his first book, “A Feminazi is a feminist to whom the most important thing in life is ensuring that as many abortions as possible occur.” The comparison of feminists fighting for gender equality to the most brutal and murderous regime in human history should shock everyone. But he delights in repeating the word over and over again.
The word “feminazi” has become so well know that there is even a Wikipedia site for the word.
It is so commonplace to hear Rush Limbaugh use the word, that most people have failed to even comment on his use of the word in light of the other names attributed to Ms. Fluke.
In an appearance on Phil Donahue in 1992, Mr. Limbaugh laughed as he listened to the advertisement used onThe Rush Limbaugh Show for Feminazi Trading Cards.
Twenty years later Rush is still promoting the image of a “feminazi”. If there were any doubt about the true feelings of Rush Limbaugh regarding women, remember this story he told:
“My cat comes to me when she wants to be fed. I have learned this. I accept it for what it is. Many people in my position would think my cat’s coming to me because she loves me. Well, she likes me, and she is attached, but she comes to me when she wants to be fed. And after I feed her — guess what — she’s off to wherever she wants to be in the house, until the next time she gets hungry. She’s smart enough to know she can’t feed herself. She’s actually a very smart cat. She gets loved. She gets adoration. She gets petted. She gets fed. And she doesn’t have to do anything for it, which is why I say this cat’s taught me more about women, than anything my whole life. But we put voices in their mouths.”
Limbaugh has a history of saying outrageous things and then apologizing for them. He tried to do so this time, but the use of the term “feminazi” is a reminder to all women that he is not apologetic. It is a reminder of decades of attacks on women. It must stop NOW. Men and women must speak up and say “No More.” When Dr. Laura used the “N” word 11 times on her show, she announced her resignation within one week.That was an example for all of us that certain slurs will no longer be tolerated on national radio. The time has come for Rush to do the same. We will no longer tolerate anyone on national radio using the term “feminazi” “slut” or “prostitute” to disparage a woman with whom they disagree. Join with me now to make our voices heard!