Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh’s anti-feminist credentials are well-established. He once condoned the sexual harassment of a female sports reporter, reasoning that she had “bootylicious” “ASS-ets.” He also defended himself as a “huge supporter of women” by saying “I love the women’s movement — especially when walking behind it.” Usually the radio king reserves his degrading and offensive remarks for liberal women (whom he calls “feminazis”) but on yesterday’s program he lashed out at conservative women as well. In response to a female caller’s remark that some women may not like Sarah Palin because they’re jealous of her, Limbaugh scolded all women for being “superficial and emotional” voters.
LIMBAUGH: I’m starting to think here that conservative women are just like liberal women in that they’re inclined to vote on superficial and emotional things first. I never thought that was the case with conservative women!
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Limbaugh’s retrograde remarks have an interesting historical parallel: they echo arguments at the turn of the 20th century against giving women the right to vote. Anti-suffragists worried that women voting in mass would taint the political process with their insipid, uneducated views. One 1906 editorial lamented that suffrage would “add an enormous army of unqualified voters,” and another was convinced that “bad women will corrupt politics.”
Limbaugh may dislike female voters for clouding politics with their emotion and superficiality, but apparently the feeling is mutual. One poll found that only 37 percent of women held a favorable opinion of him, compared to 56 percent of men. (HT: Media Matters)