I wondered what atrocities this guy had committed to warrant a family boycott of Pizza Hut and all its deliciousness. When I asked my mom, she told me he hated women and girls. Yikes. Ten years and a lot of locally-produced pizza later, I was a young adult who still didn't know much about Rush Limbaugh, except that my mom was not a fan and he had an oxycotin addiction that was suddenly all over the headlines.
Now, as I'm pushing thirty and am a mother of a little girl, a recent news story has driven home the fact that my mother was absolutely right (don't you hate when that happens?). Rush hates women and girls. Why else would he say this about Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student who testified before Congress in favor of contraception mandates:
"What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex -- what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex."
The criticism of Rush's conduct toward this young woman from such sources as President Obama and Limbaugh's own advertisers has done little to stop the vitriol. Despite having no knowledge of why Fluke requires birth control (it is often prescribed for medical conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome) or how often she has sex, Limbaugh is continuing with the personal attacks:
"I'm offering a compromise today: I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want," Limbaugh said on his radio program Thursday.
He followed this statement by insinuating that women who want contraception coverage should post pornographic videos of themselves online.
"So Miss Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here's the deal," he said. "If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch."
Pizza Hut booted this guy off the payroll nearly 20 years ago, due mostly to people like my mother who responded with letters, phone calls and dollars. It makes sense that Limbaugh's advertisers are again dropping like flies. If the rest of the GOP hopes to cling to a few female voters, you'd think they'd get to denouncing ASAP, but so far there's nothing but crickets from the right side of the aisle.