Rush Limbaugh's flat-out nasty comments about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke weren't the first bone-headed, deliberately inflammatory and insensitive comments he's made about women. Critics have been taking note of his misogynistic diatribes for years. Imagine calling female Cabinet members "Sex-cretary" or telling women to wear burkas if they want men to leave them alone. These and other comments can be found in the article Rush Limbaugh Quotes on Women which I compiled over the weekend.
I haven't written about his slander of Fluke, the backlash against him, the advertisers who've dropped him like a hot potato or his various lukewarm apologies (even those made today) because there are so many commentaries out there and I'm assembling links to some of the best to accompany my own thoughts. And if truth be told, I really dislike giving this oversized, overblown, overegostistic hater any additional attention.
But I'll be posting my thoughts soon because once again, women and men have stepped up to fight the good fight and go after Limbaugh where he feels it the most -- in his wallet -- by posting on the Facebook pages of many of his advertisers to call them out on their support of his brand of hate speech. More evidence that social media is not only here to stay, but flexing its muscle as we collectively come together to challenge the status quo.
Women may not be able to change things via physical power, but our financial control is vast. Woman-to-woman endorsements, especially via the blogosphere, go a long way in helping or hurting companies. Never forget that the "word of mom" alone (via the mom market) controls $1.6 trillion.
Rush Limbaugh, hear us roar.
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