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Limbaugh's Negative Comments Target Women, Female Politicians, 'Feminazis'

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Updated March 05, 2012
Rush Limbaugh has had a long history of mocking, attacking and disparaging women on his nationally-syndicated radio show. His preferred targets are those liberal-minded and progressive women he calls "feminazis." Many of his tirades against women are based on current headlines and trending news topics. He frequently demeans powerful women in the Obama administration by twisting their titles around and has referred to Hillary Clinton as "Sex-cretary of State" and Kathleen Sebelius as "Sex-cretary of HHS." His most infamous attack centered on Georgetown law school student Sandra Fluke and her February 2012 testimony on the need for employers to provide contraceptive coverage for women. After calling her a "slut" on his February 29, 2012 program, Limbaugh lost a handful of advertisers in the wake of public outcry against his statements.

The Sandra Fluke controversy was not the first time Limbaugh's words got him into trouble. Below is a sampling of some of the most widely-quoted Rush Limbaugh comments about women from his radio show:

  • On feminism and unattractive women:
    "Feminism is about victimization. Don’t forget Undeniable Truth of Life Number 24. Feminism was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream."
    - The Rush Limbaugh Show June 9, 2011 from MediaMatters.org
  • On college education being "feminized":
    "Colleges have been chickified. Men aren't showing up in as many numbers as they used to...This is what we have done to boys and men. The feminists / feminazis have been working for years to this end: advance women by diminishing men."
    - The Rush Limbaugh Show January 19, 2010 from MediaMatters.org
  • On the definition of misogyny:
    "The definition of a misogynist is a man who hates women almost as much as women hate women. That's what a misogynist is. Did you know that...A misogynist is a guy who hates women almost as much as women hate women."
    - The Rush Limbaugh Show March 2, 2012 from MediaMatters.org
  • On female politicians and physical appearance:
    "Female politicians get a pass on every aspect of their appearance. You would never have stories about how some female politican's fat... There are plenty of lard-ass women in politics, and they get a total pass on it."
    - The Rush Limbaugh Show October 4, 2011 from MediaMatters.org
  • On where he gets his knowledge of women's behavior:
    "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...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. -- The Rush Limbaugh Show November 30, 2006 from MediaMatters.org
  • On sexual harassment in the Herman Cain controversy:
    "You can't call a woman a broad even if it's affectionate. You can't even say, 'Hey baby.' No, you can't even do that. What did Herman Cain do here? He goes up and says, 'Can maybe we go to dinner?'...and that means we have a predator on our hands? You know and I know that during the 90s, and you guys who have lost your kids in custody fights you know exactly what I'm talking about. The feminists / feminazis went out there and there was a period of time in this country where every man and every husband was a predator by virtue of his existence alone, by virtue of just being a man. This is what the feminazis taught. And I think this is its legacy in part....

    I'll tell you, you women. Why don't you just make it official, put on some burkas and I'll guaran-damn-tee you nobody'll touch you. You put on a burka, and everybody'll leave you alone if that's what you want."
    -- The Rush Limbaugh Show November 8, 2011 from MediaMatters.org

  • On why liberal women are responsible for the Anthony Wiener scandal:
    "I wonder: Why is it that Anthony Weiner turns out to be the kind of guy he is? How does that happen?...What kinda women has Anthony Weiner been around his whole life? He has been around a bunch of these kinds of women who have been attacking testosterone, who have been attacking traditional male roles.

    He's been around women to whom the idea of a real guy is some metrosexual. Is it any wonder, ladies and gentlemen?...Hollywood is working on four or five (it might even be six) sitcoms about how men have basically just been just beaten down to pantywaist, Milquetoast wimps -- and they're comedies. It's in vogue to make fun of weak, worthless, wimp sissies. That's who the men are in these upcoming shows. Now, how do these men turn out that way? Who makes them that way?

    'Cause that's not their natural state. I mean, you look at Weiner. We cannot blame what happened to Weiner on testosterone. We're looking at a guy here who is kiddie whipped...somebody here who's been hanging around these kind of women -- and he's doing anything he can to break out. He's doing everything he can to step out and get away from their control. This, to Anthony Weiner, is being a guy. He's not allowed to be a guy hanging around a bunch of liberal women."
    -- The Rush Limbaugh Show June 13, 2011 from RushLimbaugh.com

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