Limbaugh: “Will you please ask your breasts to stop staring at my eyes?”

You know it’s not going to end well when you’re forced to Google “Rush Limbaugh” and “breasts,” but here we are.

In his ongoing war on decency, Republican opinion leader Rush Limbaugh yesterday made fun of both sexual harassment and the dehumanization of women.

Limbaugh was off on some tear about how liberals always want to change human nature, and how you can’t or shouldn’t change human nature, and how, apparently, it’s okay to ogle women’s breasts in public, and how it’s actually an offensive affront to men to suggest that they shouldn’t ogle women’s breasts in public.

So Limbaugh came up with the perfect solution for men who feel put upon by being asked not to sexually harass women.

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Rush Limbaugh, concerned that he may no longer be able to ogle women’s breasts in public.

 

“Will you please ask your breasts to stop staring at my eyes?”

Via Media Matters:

Limbaugh had already lost a slew of advertisers for calling Sandra Fluke a "sl*t" for testifying before Congress about the importance of contraceptive coverage in insurance.

Limbaugh had already lost a slew of advertisers for calling Sandra Fluke a “sl*t” for testifying before Congress about the importance of contraceptive coverage in insurance.

LIMBAUGH: I know a lot of you, you hear this thing — a bunch of leftists want to try to stop men from looking at women and you think, ‘they can’t do that.’ That’s not the point. Whether they can or can’t, it will gain momentum. And it may not be for years, but this is who they are. This is — this is how inane and inviolate they are of basic human nature. It’s one of the biggest ways to understand liberals. They just despise human nature and try to alter it and change it and create it. Because many of them just don’t fit in with it in many ways.

But there’s a way around this, guys. You got to have fun with this kind of stuff, as you know. So let me offer a first suggestion, the first way to deal with this that came into my mind. You find yourself staring, looking at, casually glancing at a woman, but you know that it’s now socially taboo. You shouldn’t be doing it. And you think everybody is noticing you doing it and condemning you in their minds. You shouldn’t — so you walk up to the woman and say, “Will you please ask your breasts to stop staring at my eyes?”

Try that. Might help. And you don’t know ’til you try it.

So says a man who has larger breasts than many a woman.

Besides the obvious point, that Rush Limbaugh is a hateful man who epitomizes everything that is wrong with the far-right that controls the modern-day Republican party, Limbaugh illustrates a second problem as well.  The only counterpoint to anything we say on the left is the crazy right.  There just doesn’t seem to be a sane middle any more, at least in the GOP.

The lack of a healthy middle in GOP politics

Take health care reform.  We know what the President wanted (more or less – he said he wanted the public option, but seemed to want less).  And we know that the Republicans wanted to kill any reform, period, while putatively offering up John McCain’s absurd proposal to give us all $5000 tax credits to pay for insurance, forgetting that a lot of us can’t even get decent insurance because of pre-existing conditions, for starters, let alone the problem of absurdly escalating medical costs.

But where were the Republicans who might have said, “I’m not for the public option, but I am for fixing the system, making improvements, maybe we can meet each other halfway?”  They didn’t exist.  Remember, no Republicans in the entire Congress voted for the final health care reform bill.  And they weren’t terribly interested in negotiating on it either. Remember that useless Gang of 6 garbage in the Senate that went absolutely nowhere?

And the same thing happened with the stimulus.  GOP Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe voted for the bill only after having gutted it, and Arlen Specter voted for it too.  That was it.  A big 3 Republicans in the entire Congress.

Compromise, mediation?  Forget about it.

We see the same thing on gay rights.  Not that I’m a fan of any opposition to civil rights, but it seems there’s never any civil opposition. The Republicans, and some conservative Dems, never seem even interested in giving us, say, half a loaf.  All they want to do is scotch the entire thing, and thwart any effort towards giving us full equality.  And anyone claiming to be seeking a compromise is usually offering a poison pill, intended to kill the entire effort rather than find an incremental improvement.

I do think that part of the problem is that the opposition has become so radicalized as the GOP has been taken over by its most extreme wings, be they Tea Partyers or Christian conservatives.  Both breathe dogma, and neither is terribly interested in compromise. The GOP has been playing the Lord God Reagan game for going on three decades now.  The party has self-defined Republicanism to be conservative Republicanism - no moderate need apply – while at the same time increasingly defining conservatism as hateful and intolerant, and now Tea Party crazy to boot.

It’s clear that moderates are not welcome in the leadership of the GOP, and they’re no longer terribly welcome in the primaries either, presidential or congressional.

In any case, Limbaugh is still a sexist idiot, and still an embarrassment to the Republican party.  The best you can say about the man is that he helps ensure that women (and their male allies) don’t forget anytime soon that the Republican war on women continues unabated.

 


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  • rozlee

    Rapes against males have not risen in the military. Sexual assaults against men have always occured in the military and have usually been committed by other males that were heterosexual in the form of acts that were hazing, humiliation, torture, beating and other acts that involved sexual contact or genital contact including, but not always, actual rape. Actual rapes by homosexual soldiers have not been as commonly reported. This has always been a problem for soldiers reporting the incidents because they felt they could never prove that their obviously heterosexual assailants were “gay.” As a nurse in the Army in Iraq, we once had a soldier come in naked and severely beaten. He’d be worked over by five other soldiers who sodomized him with objects. That is considered a sexual assault, even though the soldiers committing it were heterosexual.

  • lmr526

    LOL

  • lmr526

    Bingo.

  • lmr526

    Rushbo is off his meds. Again.

  • Clevelandchick

    I wish Limbaugh would quit flashing his tiny dick, for God sake man, put on a hat.

  • zerosumgame0005

    oh goody a faux fact from a faux poster!

  • Taz

    Really? So you enjoy showering with gay men? I’m not surprised. Considering that rapes on males perpetrated by males has risen in the military, I don’t blame them for not wanting to shower with them

  • Jim Olson

    I don’t think it would be terribly big…

  • Jim Olson

    *hurk*

  • Pixx

    No. If Jon Stewart had said this, he would have been making fun of someone like Limbaugh in order to draw attention to how problematic sexual harassment is. It’s not okay to sexually harass women or to objectify them or to think that it’s your natural right to make them uncomfortable or imply that you have control over their bodies. Nobody should be lightening up about this.

  • Jack D. Montana

    Good one. A pigs diet and Oxycontin will do that. It has the same effect on his white trash listeners.

  • SDJ

    You people seriously need to lighten up. David Letterman or Jon Stewart could have said this and you would have found it hilarious. Get a life.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    One can not help but stare at Limpboob’s massive breasts.

  • nicho

    And do you know how much those jerseys cost? The ones that mimic the team Jersey run about $150 each. And you see more than half the people in the crowd wearing them.

  • Anonymous

    “Will you please ask your breasts to stop staring at my eyes” is exactly what I think when I look at this boob.

  • Anonymous

    LOL

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    I’ve just been chuckling to myself wondering if someone was going to bring that up.

    I think the shoe would be on the other foot if a gentleman who is into the “fuller figure” male stared him up and down and let him know just how attractive he found him to be – with his eyes.

    And the guy would say something like “Would you tell your body fat to quit making me stare at it?”

    Would Rush accept that? I doubt it.

  • Badgerite

    Yeah, talk like a jerk. That’ll help. Women love that. Especially at work. You also might want to make yourself deaf with oxycontin and viagra.

  • fletcher

    Rush speaks from experience. You never see him with his shirt off otherwise he’d be getting endorsement offers from Maidenform and Vanity Fare. Maybe even Play, Tex!

  • fletcher

    Rush knows his audience: 69-year-old bodies with 13-year-old minds and 4-year-old emotions.

  • penpal

    They’ve figured out that if they act as crazy and unreasonable as possible, it will still often pull Democrats to the right rather than to the middle. The only effective balance would be to have unreasonable left demands to reach a fair middle. Unfortunately, unreasonable left demands don’t exist. Democrats throw out a $9 minimum wage because they think it’s fair. Why not throw out the idea of a $15 minimum wage, knowing that in the end it will wind up exactly where you wanted it in the first place? Repulicans are crazy because it’s part of their overall strategy. Which isn’t crazy at all.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Do you suppose he’d take offense if you asked him to lift his stomach rolls so you could get a good look?

  • Monoceros Forth

    I suppose there might be some chubby-chaser who’d go for someone like Limbaugh. Heaven knows you wouldn’t have to chase him too far.

  • emjayay

    And not unrelatedly, just good manners.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    It has nothing to do with “getting worked up”. It’s pointing out the ridiculousness, yet again. The Republican party itself is holding classes, trying to tell their potential candidates, and current elected officials, how to discuss these issues in a way as to not offend half the electorate every time they open their mouth. Then people like Rush Limbaugh do everything they can to rile up the the lowest common denominator in the party, effectively eroding any effort they make. The man is a malignancy within the Republican party, but one that they’re scared to death to cut out, even when it’s hurting them.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    I can’t really think of a more apt analogy. The sad part is, the knuckle draggers don’t seem to understand that Rush is making millions off of riling them up, and they’re seeing absolutely no benefit from it. Aside from the momentary sense of validation they feel that someone on the radio box shares their infinitely narrow world view. The only other parallel I could draw myself is that it seems a lot like those people who watch sports on TV, wear the team jersey, get all excited when the team they are rooting for does something good… without ever stopping to realize that they’re not actually part of the team. The team doesn’t care if you live or die. The players make millions to entertain you for a few hours every Sunday, and laugh all the way to the bank that you are so easily amused.

  • Monoceros Forth

    I find myself thinking, too, that not wanting to have one’s personal space invaded by ogling and other crude behavior is also “human nature”, isn’t it?

  • Monoceros Forth

    On the one hand this is a bit of a “dog bites man” story. Rush Limbaugh says something willfully immature and offensive, what else is new? On the other hand Limbaugh’s remarks illustrate a genuine and pervasive disorder in the American right wing, its continuing obsession with the supposed instrument of liberal tyranny that they call “political correctness”.

  • emjayay

    No Rush, outside of maybe the radical fringe back in the early days of modern feminism it’s not about not being sexually attracted to other people and checking them out. It’s about that not being the only thing of any value to that person. It’s about not demeaning the other person by publicly proclaiming or acting like that is the only thing of value about them. It’s about people not demeaning themselves by thinking sexuality it the only thing of value about themselves.

  • nicho

    Back in the 19th Century in Europe, it was considered very fashionable to go to the local insane asylum on a Sunday to look at the inmates — much as one might go to the zoo. Some people would slip the attendants a few coins. The attendants would then rattle the bars and bang on them to get the inmates raving and howling for the amusement of the upper class. That’s Limbaugh’s job. He just rattles the cages and gets the conservative knuckle draggers howling and drooling.

  • Anonymous

    Same concept with all these fools. The gay man/woman “tempted” them. Lol!

  • Monoceros Forth

    *rests his hand on his cheek* Hmmm.

  • Anonymous

    “They just despise human nature and try to alter it and change it and create it.” Racism, homophobia, sexual harrassment – all “human nature.” Glad to know Limpballs and co. have nothing to fall back on except “human nature” and the Bible as usual.
    This quote? It’s only proven what we already know, he attacks women because he knows they’re (justifiably) repulsed by him. People with normal human relations don’t act like this hog. Try the “human nature” defense in court, Limpballs…like your buddy O’Reilly.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Others need to lay off the hillbilly heroin.

  • wd

    Seriously, you’re getting worked up over this? Some people, including John Aravosis, need to get a hobby.

  • rozlee

    Too late. He’s full of crap already.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    That would be a terribly big hit to take for the cause.

  • WildwoodGuy

    “Will you please ask your penis to stop staring at my eyes?”

  • Lawerence Collins

    EWWww!

  • zerosumgame0005

    yeah, I see what you mean. like the rapey military guys who faint when “a gay” might shower with them…

  • Buford2k11

    I stare at the boobs who spew bagger crap on the tee vee…but yeah, it seems to be a genetic weakness in men…ya know “cleavage envy” by big and fat fucks like rushbo…

  • Robert Andrew

    Yes but you see, our orientation is not natural. On the contrary. It is just another typical liberal, leftist affront to basic human nature.

  • Indigo

    As radio comedians go, Rush Limbaugh is no Jack Benny.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    Look, I wouldn’t personally, but I’m sure there are people into that. Also, asshole straight white men say shit like that until you bring in the gay equivalent and they panic and contradict themselves. Of course they want women to do this, but men – that’s just wrong!

  • zerosumgame0005

    um, do any? really?

  • Dave of the Jungle

    Effusive Buffoonery

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    Then he shouldn’t mind if gay men stare at his crotch.

  • milli2

    My Christmas wish for Rush: may a thousand birds poop on his head each and every day of his wretched life.

  • olandp

    But I thought, “Both sides do it.” That is what the TV tells me.

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