Made popular by radio talk show host and conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh, the term "feminazi" did not originate with him. In his first book, The Way Things Ought To Be (Pocket Books, 1992) Limbaugh credits the originator of the word and provides his own definition of feminazi (p. 193):
Tom Hazlett, a good friend who is an esteemed and highly regarded professor of economics at the University of California at Davis, coined the term to describe any female who is intolerant of any point of view that challenges militant feminism. I often use it to describe women who are obsessed with perpetuating a modern-day holocaust: abortion.Later in the book (p. 296), Limbaugh states that he uses the term not to describe all feminists but only those "to whom the most important thing in life is ensuring that as many abortions as possible occur," and acknowledges that there are fewer than 25 "known Feminazis in the United States."
However, two decades later a much wider range of women fall under the conservative commentator's "feminazi" label. At present, Limbaugh uses the term to describe any woman or women whose attempts to advocate for those basic and legal rights such as abortion, contraceptive use, and equal pay do not meet with his approval.
Other pundits have mocked Limbaugh's use of the term feminazi by offering up their own definitions. In the midst of the Rush Limbaugh / Sandra Fluke controversy in March 2012, Comedy Central's The Daily Show host Jon Steward observed during the March 5 broadcast that a feminazi was "someone who would herd you onto a train to go to an Indigo Girls concert."