VITAMIN W Staff
Damn liberals are trying to take away a man's right to stare at your breasts. Rush Limbaugh is at it again and citing a report in a scientific journal that determined women are objectified by the male gaze.
The obnoxious radio host suggested that men could avoid the social stigma associated with this affliction by asking women to have their breasts “stop staring at my eyes,” Mediaite reported.
“These idiots have discovered that attractive women get looked at more than unattractive women,” Limbaugh declared. “What they want to try to do is establish a taboo; men looking at women is insulting.”
Oh joy, nothing like a middle-aged man old enough to be a 20-year-old's father, staring at her boobs. Poor old conservative just can't control his urge to creep a woman out. And yes, Limbaugh found a way to relate the objectification of women and rape culture to a liberal agenda.
Fortunately our friends at Hollaback! wasted no time and launched a petition on Change.org to demand a public apology.
Limbaugh sounded off on a Daily Caller piece entitled "Liberals want to stop men from checking out women," which cites the study in Sex Roles: A Journal of Research on how men objectify women with their eyes.
wrote in “My Eyes Are Up Here: The Nature of the Objectifying Gaze Toward Women”: “Although objectification theory suggests that women frequently experience the objectifying gaze with many adverse consequences, there is scant research examining the nature and causes of the objectifying gaze for perceivers. The main purpose of this work was to examine the objectifying gaze toward women via eye tracking technology.”
Although we can all agree Limbaugh's theories should be taken with a grain of salt, the purpose of the study is still unclear. But Mr. Limbaugh, "rape culture" is alive and well and you are an attention whore.
Last week, Rush Limbaugh referred to the backlash over his comments about Sandra Fluke as a "manufactured controversy." And a few weeks back he used a rape analogy to discuss a Senate filibuster:
"Let's forget the Senate for a minute," Limbaugh began. He told his listeners to imagine a group of 10 people with six men and four women. "The group has a rule that the men cannot rape the women," he said. "The group also has a rule that says any rule that will be changed must require six votes, of the 10, to change the rule."
"Every now and then, some lunatic in the group proposes to change the rule to allow women to be raped. But they never were able to get six votes for it. There were always the four women voting against it and they always found two guys.Well, the guy that kept proposing that women be raped finally got tired of it, and he was in the majority and he was one that [said], 'You know what? We're going to change the rule. Now all we need is five." And well, 'you can't do that.' 'Yes we are. We're the majority. We're changing the rule.' And then they vote. Can the women be raped? Well, all it would take then is half of the room. You can change the rule to say three. You can change the rule to say three people want it, it's going to happen."
And this is why we need to educate people about rape culture and why this is not about liberals versus conservatives. It's about creating a culture that makes the discussion of the objectification of women a human rights issue. Sexual harassment is no laughing matter Rush.
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