Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ignorance is not bliss...

Before we move away from Limbaugh’s misogynistic rants, we have a few more things to say. 
The most important lesson that we all learned from this disgusting episode is that American women are now poised and organized to react quickly and in vast numbers to such outrageous attacks.  It’s also true that women are seeing such slander for what it is, viz. not a single personal assault, but rather an attack against all women.  Hours after we first heard or read Limbaugh’s explosive words, we all reacted as one, probably because we have all experienced similar maliciousness.  Unfortunately, his sneering tone was all too familiar to us all.
Something else that we learned (and it took women to point it out) is that Limbaugh has no idea how female contraception works but was eager to pontificate about it.  Here are two illustrative excerpts from his radio remarks last week:
 Can you imagine if you were her parents how proud...you would be?...Your daughter ... testifies she's having so much sex she can't afford her own birth control pills and she wants President Obama to provide them, or the Pope.
...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. 
Notice that Limbaugh believes that the more sexual encounters a woman has, the more pills she must pop.  That is why he talks about the frequency of sex and the number of pills a woman must pay for.  
Does he not know that a woman takes one pill a day regardless of how often or how rarely she has sexual intercourse?   How can a man who has had 4 wives in the last 35 years be so ignorant?  Is he stupid or is he just not paying attention?  
Rachel Maddow pointed out Rush’s ignorance in her show last Friday evening [Here] and Maureen Dowd, crediting Mother Jones for the heads up, mentioned the same Limbaugh lapse in her last Sunday’s column. [Here]  These two women are the only journalists to my knowledge who have written about Limbaugh's glaring error.
What is most appalling is that this man with his yawning lack of knowledge, glib tongue and overweening egotism is the de facto voice of the right wing of the Republican Party.

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