Should Feminists Push The FCC To Remove Limbaugh?

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In the wake of Rush Limbaugh’s hate speech regarding Danica Patrick, and probably the whole “you’re a slut if you use birth control” thing, a lot of people have been wondering if feminists should join together and push the FCC to remove him from the air. Disclaimer: this is going to be an opinion piece. I’m not saying I’m right and I’m not saying you’re wrong – I’m saying what I, as a writer and someone who has broadcasting experience, think.

What Rush Limbaugh said was loathsome and ignorant, but so is most of what he says. Here’s a recap:

“This is about expanding the reach and power of government into your womb, if you’re a woman. This is about the Democrat Party wanting more and more control over you. What was early feminism all about? Emancipation, individuality, freedom, liberation, all of these things. Now here comes Danica Patrick out and she says, ‘I’m perfectly comfortable letting the government make my health decisions for me.’ Well, folks, I’m gonna tell you: Right there, that’s the death and the end of feminism.”

Also, he said that you’re a slut if you use birth control. Plain and simple.

The great thing about the radio, or the internet, or the TV, is that you can change the channel. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to listen to it. And with regard to censorship, I don’t think any organization, especially feminists, should force anyone to do anything. The feminist movement comes under heat for everything as it is, and there’s just no need to fan those flames.

I’m a writer, I’ve worked in radio, and I’ve been inundated with people who don’t like my opinions. In fact, the first time I got hate mail, I called my dad, who also works at a newspaper, and excitedly screamed, “Some guy hates me! He said I don’t know what I’m talking about and my opinion is wrong!” My dad promptly congratulated me and said, “That’s when you know you’ve made it, when people take the time to say you suck.” He then told me about how they had to shut down the forums on one (very famous) particular writer’s column because of all the horrible things that people posted there. I guess he made it, too.

Haters are motivators. It’s just the way it is. The best way to get rid of a bully (that you can’t hit with a brick) is to ignore them. I was always told to ignore bullies no matter what, and as I got older I realized that this was only half of the advice. You never start a fight but you always finish it – that’s the advice I give my nephew. If someone hits you and they’re bigger than you and you know you can’t win with your own strength, then supplement your strength with whatever you need.

Rush Limbaugh is a bully, plain and simple. How should you treat a bully, at least according to me? You treat him the way you treat any other jerk on the playground. We’ve tried for years to shut him up, but hating him only makes people more interested in him. And fuels his fire. The more people talk about him, the richer he becomes and the more advertising he gets.  This time advertisers pulled out (that was the brick we used) but he’s still on air, still pandering to his faithful followers. Now? We go to my Mom’s advice. If you can’t beat him, ignore him.

And guys, moms know. Another good piece of advice my mother always gave me was “Just because someone else is trash it doesn’t mean you have to become trash, too.” We shouldn’t name-call or sabotage someone just because they’re doing it to us. We stand tall and ignore him, why? Because he’s a pest. He’s an ignorant, angry man who’s frankly not worth our time. We have bigger issues to handle. There will always be hate and there will always be people who will listen to someone spew it. It’s the nature of the beast. What we need to focus on is bettering ourselves. Let the pig roll in the mud to stay cool while we build ourselves a delicious shade. He’ll be the one that comes out looking dirty, not us.



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Feminism In The Mafia

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There’s been a rise in feminism in an unusual place – the mafia. Pier Luigi Vigna, the head of Italy’s national anti-mafia office, says that women, “are mainly found in areas that require a certain finesse, like money laundering rather than murder.” The women are the brains, the men are the muscle. Last week, Catherine Greig, girlfriend of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, admitted to helping her him elude capture for almost sixteen years.

That’s a common theme in the mob, apparently. The men may run the family, but the women protect the men. Take a look at The Sopranos, Goodfellas, Public Enemies … it’s always the dames.

These women take pride in being loyal to their men, even when they’re behind bars. They also look the other way when these men are not so faithful to them. In mob culture, it’s all about the loyalty: loyalty to the family, to the way of life. But the men believe taking on a mistress can be seen as a sign of a strength and independence. Some mobsters see it as a sign of respect to their wives, the mothers of their children. They’d never disrespect them by asking them to perform deviant acts, they’d just go elsewhere to girls that ‘mean nothing’. They don’t ask the mistresses to protect them, and they certainly don’t protect the mistresses. It’s always about the head woman at home. They make sure the women they marry are tough, because in Italian culture it’s all about the mothers. The matriarchs teach you and you never disrespect or disappoint your mother.

In 1983, a Palermo court ruled that women did not have the mental capacity to get involved with the business aspect of the mob; this let the girls off the hook, but 12 years later the government indicted 89 women for mafia-related crimes. So who knows. Maybe the government wised up to the wise guys. Women know what they’re doing, and that’s why …

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The Duchess Of Cornwall Backs Feminist Rally

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There has been a lot of focus on Kate Middleton as the “royal to watch,” but the Duchess of Cornwall is starting to steal her thunder – at least when it comes to feminism. The duchess launched the inaugural Women of the World (WOW) Festival last year and welcomed this year’s guest speakers to lunch at the Clarence House.

With regard to supporting her fellow woman, there are talks about Camilla possibly opening one of several planned spin-off events being planned around the world. Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre (which opened the second WOW), said the royal backing had been “quite something,” as feminism still remains a touchy topic. “It’s still a toxic subject,” she said. And Ms. Kelly isn’t the only person raving about the duchesses support – Rosie Boycott, former newspaper editor and founder of the early feminist magazine, Spare Rib, said that it was “really great” that the duchess has gotten involved: “I think she uses her time and patronage very carefully. She gets what this is about,” says Boycott.

The duchess came under fire many years ago when it was reveled that she was Prince Charles’s mistress during his marriage to Diana, and since then, Camilla has tried to keep a low profile, but this is just another feather in her cap! She has been very active in charities and supporting women’s rights throughout the world and in the UK.

Still remember her as The Other Woman?



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Rush Limbaugh Declares Feminism Dead, Credits … Danica Patrick?

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Oh, did you hear? Rush Limbaugh declared the death of feminism. On his show he said, “This is about expanding the reach and power of government into your womb, if you’re a woman. This is about the Democrat Party wanting more and more control over you. What was early feminism all about? Emancipation, individuality, freedom, liberation, all of these things. Now here comes Danica Patrick out and she says, ‘I’m perfectly comfortable letting the government make my health decisions for me.’ Well, folks, I’m gonna tell you: Right there, that’s the death and the end of feminism.”

Personally, I don’t think the birth control mandate says anything about women having to be on the pill, though it does say that the government does have to pay for it. Why? Well because birth control is a medical necessity in many cases. Would you withhold insulin from a diabetic? I thought not.

Back to Limbaugh, however, his stance on this mandate is – at best – misinformed. Second, when did Rush Limbaugh become part of the feminist movement anyway, let alone a voice of authority that can declare it dead? To lambaste Danica Patrick as a “anti-feminist” and, in fact, use her personal comments as the death blow is absurd. I won’t go into all the ways Danica has impacted feminism (which have all been positive), but I will comment on the fact that she specifically said, “I leave it up to the government to make good decisions for Americans.” Quite different than what Rush was peddling on his piddling show, yes? She reaffirms that she will leave it up to the government to make decisions regarding government policies for Americans, and wow. Such blasphemy, right? Danica dodged a hard and sexist question – a question not unlike ‘Where do you stand on abortion’, but yet, not one other Formula One driver was asked what he thought about birth control. Why? Well, I’ll let you determine that. Furthermore, last I checked, Danica’s expertise isn’t in gynecological matters, or governmental policies, it’s in driving cars really, really fast. Perhaps next time journalists should maybe focus on why they’re are actually their, you know, jobs and doing them properly, lest they be confused with politicians.



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