With Deepest Thanks to Rush Limbaugh…the Mirror Image of Maher, Matthews and the Leftie Boyz

The man who once said that Hillary Clinton had a “testicle lockbox,” and called her a “Femi-Nazi,” may finally have stepped in it in such a way that he did every woman in this country a favor…His tasteless and horrid comments about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, calling her a “slut” and a “prostitute,” seem to have struck a deeper chord than these matters typically do.

In Kirsten Power’s second article on the subject in as many days, she quoted Jehmu Greene, formerly of WomenCountPAC, who felt that the insults to Ms. Fluke regarding her testimony on contraception were being co-opted by the White House to scare women back to the fold during an election year.  She couldn’t be more right.  But the debate is starting to take an interesting turn…

A number of articles have been written by women on both sides of the aisle decrying not only Mr. Limbaugh’s words, but asking the more important question:  why aren’t the oinkers on the left getting hauled off to the stocks as well?  So called liberal-leaning commentators or comics do not get a pass for their disgraceful behavior simply because they claim to agree with us on the issue of choice.  Being called a slut by Rush Limbaugh is no more grievous than when Bill Maher or Chris Matthews or Matt Taibbi or Keith Olbermann does it.  In fact the cost is even greater when it comes from guys who pretend to be members of, or sympathize with, “the party of women’s progress.”

Whether we are talking about Sarah Palin (“c*nt,” “twat”), Michelle Malkin (“mashed up bag of meat with lipstick”), Hillary Clinton (“white bitch,” “yapping troll,” “nutcracker,” “Nurse Ratched,” “she devil”), or Laura Ingraham (“talk slut”) or Michelle Obama (“emasculating”) – I think we’re done.  Don’t you?

Greta Van Susteren just declared she was boycotting this year’s Correspondent’s Dinner if Louis C.K. was permitted to perform there.  Louis C.K. just bowed out of the event.

Is it possible that women on both sides will finally call a truce and stop allowing themselves to be treated as one issue voters long enough to insist on an end to this debasing rhetoric?  Regardless of party, ideology, ethnicity, I would hope we can agree that no matter the source of piggish commentary, or the target, a zero tolerance policy is required.

But not everyone is in agreement.  Bill Maher, who just became a million dollar donor to a SuperPAC dedicated to re-electing President Obama, has a number of defenders.  They are chasing their own tails in an effort to run interference for a man who has said, among other things,

“They fined CBS a million dollars for showing Janet Jackson’s nipple.  Just think what they could get for Hillary Clinton’s c*nt.”

But he’s a comedian.  It’s not the same thing.  It is a lesser crime.

Actually, he fancies himself a commentator on his HBO show, and has played that role on a number of news programs.  Mr. Maher is content to pretend his words have weight and value, until he says something that gets him into trouble.  Only then does he hide behind the magic veil of “comedian.”  Comedians do just as much harm.  They, too, have a powerful bully pulpit. Over time, the constant negative commentary works as well as brainwashing on a public that is saturated with it.

And what are the excuses of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who made comments about Hillary that were positively bi-polar.  Or Keith Olbermann, who suggested a super delegate beat her up to get her to drop out of the 2008 primaries?  Or Dana Milbank who said Hillary ought to be drinking “Mad Bitch Beer”?

Boycotting the stations, or written media, who keep the culprits employed might have an effect, if enough people did it.

If we woman, who comprise nearly 52% of the population band together over this one, the behavior would stop or at the very least, dissipate.  Because the guys would never win another election without us.  Another plus is that more qualified women would likely contest for elected office, having less trepidation about having to run a misogynist gauntlet in their campaigns daily where wardrobe choice and ankle size, vocal quality and cackles trump policy positions, and where they are regularly referred to as “whores.”

While it was only fitting that Rush Limbaugh apologize for his behavior, he should not be singled out or used politically as a distraction from the larger debate.  If politicians are only coming to the defense of women when they need our votes, it is up to us to say ‘you can do better.’

President Obama called Ms. Fluke to express his support.  But if he really wants to support her – then he must return Bill Maher’s million dollar donation to his re-election campaign, since Maher, like Limbaugh is a horrid culprit in this debate and a regular purveyor of sexist attacks upon women of both parties.

The President has the most powerful bully pulpit in the world.  Rejecting this man’s money would go a long way toward proving that this zero tolerance policy starts at the top, and is not just about politics.

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Anita Finlay is the author of Dirty Words on Clean Skin: Sexism and Sabotage, a Hillary supporter’s rude awakening, which will be released in April 2012.

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55 Responses

  1. Ladies! Rick Santorum wants to remind you: Don’t forget to set your vaginas back by 40 years.

  2. Anyone (group or individual) who is anti-Limbaugh but pro-Maher (or vice-versa) is full of shit.

    Misogyny is misogyny.

  3. Hey tweeters. I just tweeted that I am followed by rick santorum’s goons in California. I guess I am supposed to be threatened since I @ricksantorum all the time. I said all my readers will be so jealous and I will retweet how jealous you are. Tweet me!
    @uppitywomanblog

  4. Yes, all need to be called out including women who talk trash about other women.

  5. WLM thank you for your contribution to Bill. He says he expects you to suck up to him today with glowing complments and other suckuppery.

  6. Hey Bill!

    Did anyone ever tell you that you look like a penguin?

    That’s a compliment.

  7. hey.they all need to be called out and it is so sad to hear the sisterhood doing it. :roll:

  8. Good rant Ani. Can’t wait for the book. Oh, and UW, there is an article in the San Jose Mercury News about peeps dioramas–guess it is that time of the year!

  9. Ah my beloved Peeps. Where would I be without them?

  10. Oswald don’t mess with Bill. He eats penguins after they suddenly die.

  11. I just made enough chicken stock to sink the Queen Mary. I like to use stock intead of broth for cooking.

  12. Oswald don’t mess with Bill.

    I’m not worried. He’s nipped out of his gourd all the time.

    He eats penguins after they suddenly die.

    Or whatever critter in your zoo runs out of luck. There sure are a lot of “accidents” around here.

    Speaking of which, what version of Bill is this now, six? Seven?

  13. There is only one Bill. Do not confuse him with Lassie.

  14. Yes, I love the “He’s only a comedian” argument, how convenient! I have to argue, “He’s not a comedian, I don’t find him funny at all!” And it’s true, he’s on CNN and other programs all the time giving political commentary, I’d say that he’s a pundit.

  15. They all run and hide or start whining like the cowards they are. If one of them ever received one tenth of the vitriol Hillary had to put up with, they would be curled up in the fetal position, sucking their thumbs.

    In fact, since they see Hillary as mommy, they would be asking for her protection.

  16. Thank you for this article.. spot on! Permit me to pass this on.

  17. Go for it, slavetothechochips!

    Hope I spelled hat right!

  18. Thanks.. of course I know my male Hillary hating cousins will have something snide to say.. But oh well I enjoy pushing thier buttons..:)

  19. Oh terrific. Next WordPress is going to make us login to their site to get the states we get now with one click on our blogs. In addition to that, they refuse to let you login without opening up your cookies (also known as your doors and windowss) to them. So guess what tries to get into your pants? Quantcast and a couple of web beacons. This is starting to look like a place I don’t see myself parking in much longer. Fortunately I can just get my stats from statcounter but of course, it’s more work. It’s always more work when they do an “improvement’ and fix something that’s not broken. I am not a happy camper.

  20. Nice video, but they left some things out:

  21. I tried to find the video of Obama “dusting off his shoulder” when he was talking about Hillary, but all the videos have been replaced with “music” videos that celebrate what he did….they’ve pushed the real vids off of youtube.

  22. I have that somewhere imust.

  23. Maybe it would be helpful for Sir Bill to go through anger management.

  24. No no WLM, Sir Bill needs to go through Egomania Management.

  25. I have the gif of him doing that too.

  26. imust click here

  27. I think these Obama “moments” need to be played over and over on other like-minded blogs lest some folks have forgotten.

  28. Thanks uppity!
    I just found this link via His44 comment thread. It’s Hillary speaking on IWD. From the Daily Beast. But I couldn’t get the embed code. All I got was this:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/10/angelina-jolie-hillary-clinton-and-more-women-in-the-world.html

  29. Well this is a good post. I supported having ads removed from Rush 100%. I am saddened to see though this is turning into a witch hunt against the right. To be honest I see more women smearing coming out of the left and even against their own. Now Gloria Allwrong is demanding Rush be prosecuted and removed from the air. Big surprise. She will appear with Bill Mahar , David Letterman and any other woman hating creep for publicity so long as it is her own party. Hypocrite ? Publicity hound ? Big time. It is now angering me how they are making an example of Rush and going for the throat all the while allowing liberal commentators, comedians, and their ilk to continue to stab at women. Hilary got it hard from both sides and I mean it was ugly. Sarah ( I know many do not care for her here but I do so excuse me) got some of the worst because they not only attacked her they went after her daughters and handicapped son. I am going after sponsors of Bill , Letteerman and any other loud mouthed woman bashing person. I am hoping women do not blow a good opportunity here by supporting Rush being taken off air or prosecuted. I think we sent a loud and clear enough message by going after the advertisers. Do not take it over board and continue going for sponsors. Removing $$ is the way to get your message across. We have the power ladies we really do but again we must not go too far and by that I mean turn it into a political thing. I am a conservative and 99% of the time I vote Republican however that does not mean I will support a right wing attack on women. Woman first politital second.

  30. Ladies! Rick Santorum wants to remind you: Don’t forget to set your vaginas back by 40 years.

    HAHAHAHAHAHA

  31. I want chicken soup!

  32. Which begs the question, why didn’t the republicans simply remind women in general how poorly both Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin were treated in 2008, and by whom!

    The women’s vote was there for the taking in 2012, yet the republican party showed they were incapable of feeling a women’s pain.

  33. I am hoping women do not blow a good opportunity here by supporting Rush being taken off air or prosecuted. I think we sent a loud and clear enough message by going after the advertisers. Do not take it over board and continue going for sponsors. Removing $$ is the way to get your message across. We have the power ladies we really do but again we must not go too far and by that I mean turn it into a political thing.

    You couldn’t be more right, utah. I totally agree.

  34. Alessandro, I don’t think a republican can win a primary any longer without pandering to the crazy bastard wing of the party. You see how that clinically insane santorum is still in the race? Guess who keeps him there? When the General election hits, the last standing mediocre person will move toward the center faster the speed of sound.

  35. I want chicken soup!

    If I lived next door, you would have some!

  36. why didn’t the republicans simply remind women in general how poorly both Hillary Clinton

    Probably because everything the batshit left did to her they learned from the Republicans for about 15 years. They even used some of their graphics.

  37. This is the whole point, Utahwoman — the left matched the right insult for insult, smear for smear in their attacks on Hillary. In fact the left was far worse — this is not what I expected from “the party of women’s progress” or the people I voted with for 30 years.

    As long as people are willing to take sides and say Rush is worse than Maher or Beck is worse than Olbermann, we are never going to get anywhere in the fight to stop women being treated disrespectfully.

  38. Uppity Woman, on March 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM —

    Sadly you are right, UW.

    But certainly there is nothing to stop others for declaring a pox on both their houses for participating in this crap. As usual, that will be left to the folks on the ground. If we are waiting for our representatives to stand up, we can wait long.

  39. As long as people are willing to take sides and say Rush is worse than Maher or Beck is worse than Olbermann, we are never going to get anywhere in the fight to stop women being treated disrespectfully.

    Exactly right. The 2 parties have been hijacked by horrid people and as a result two parties have nothing good to say about each other and they speak in sweeping generalizations. I blocked a tweeter who said that women in my party are “conditioned” for “Whips and Chains”. What kid of human says shit like that about every woman in a party? Who wants to know someone like that.

  40. I will not be used by the Republicans again so that later they can hide at a “Team” website and bash me. To hell with that shit. I see the schmoozing starting up again. Hypocrites.

  41. I gotta put the Meryl streep tribute to Hillary up

  42. Wonderful article, Ani. I hope it gets wide viewership.

    I have a question about the PAC $ Maher donated though. I thought people running weren’t allowed to “coordinate” with PACs that are running ads for them, that the PACs are supposed to be run by people not officially in the campaign. Is that correct? If so, barky couldn’t order the PAC to return Mahers $?

  43. Thanks for your comment, SoCalAnnie.

    I don’t know the legality of that re SuperPACs one way or the other and it really doesn’t matter. Using the “filtration system” as an excuse to hide behind is what Obama would be doing and something Carney would use.

    What does matter is that President Obama knows that Maher gave him the money and on principle, he can say that he does not want donations or “help” from people who see fit to demean women in this way.

    Don’t you think that would send a clear message? I’d love to see the press reaction then.

  44. Sarah ( I know many do not care for her here but I do so excuse me) got some of the worst because they not only attacked her they went after her daughters and handicapped son.

    for the record, I am, at this moment, watching “The Undefeated,” and can only say: “Do yourself a favor: check it out.” DVR it and watch it repeatedly.

  45. I will not be used by the Republicans again so that later they can hide at a “Team” website and bash me. To hell with that shit. I see the schmoozing starting up again. Hypocrites.

    Fuck the Repubs, Upps. And, more importantly, forget about them. The Repubs didn’t keep us from having Hillary as president, Obama and the Dems did. Were Hillary the nominee in ’08, she’d be our president today. Period; end of story.

  46. This is a great post. It says what needs to be said, and it says it so eloquently.

  47. “…he can say that he does not want donations or “help” from people who see fit to demean women in this way.”

    Yes, if he had any class that is what he would do.

    Re: the PACs, Stewart & Colbert did a goofy ongoing thing about them. Colbert has a PAC (!?!?) and when he was doing an “exploratory” about running for prez in SC, he had to turn his PAC over to Stewart. But I agree with you that they undoubtedly coordinate with them on the sly.

    NES, what do think about the PACs?

  48. socal, ask me about the PACs after this yr is over. Right now I’m thrilled they exist to enhance the prospects of beating OFraud.

  49. Hahaha! Ah, you’re diabolical NES!

  50. Coming back out of lurk mode for a few moments. I was just looking for news to see any sign of backlash against Maher. Well, well, well, even CNN has a piece on their site saying Obama should give back the money. I’ve read alot of commentary on a lot of sites and am amazed how many people (including women) think Rush L. should be held accountable but Maher shouldn’t because he is a comedian. They think his remarks about women are ok – as do harry Reid, nancy Pelosie, Chuck Schumer etc (because they don’t want Obama to have to give the million dollars up). One point that I do not see anyone making is this – if you watch the ShePac video, Maher does not just target women with his vile foul mouth but also makes some comments about Palin’s children. My question is this, does anyone (not talking us here) realize the psychological and emotional damage this can inflict on those children should they ever see those clips or should their peers see them and tease them about them???? Maher’s attitude toward women is awful but dragging children into it is as low as one can go – and he is pretty low.

    Ok – I’m done :-)

  51. Hey Cats good to see ya and glad you agree with our barrage of posts on this. Ridiculous. Overall, if I had to pick out the biggest pig on the airwaves, Maher would win hands down.

  52. Thanks, cats. Wholeheartedly agree. And attacking her children is beyond the bounds no matter what. I’m sure you would not be surprised to note how many people justified that too – saying that she brought them to the Convention and that makes them fair game. But if she hid any or all of her children, she would have excoriated her for being “ashamed” of them.

    Clearly, if someone wants to trash you, they will find any excuse to do it.

  53. If this blog turns int a S**** P**** love fest this “Radical Feminist” is going to rebel in a big way.

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