Correction: I initially wrote that Limbaugh was married three times. That is incorrect. He’s been married four times.
If you’re one of Rush Limbaugh’s dittoheads and you’re getting your sexual advice from a guy who’s been married four times and who mysteriously had a bottle of Viagra (not in his name) during a trip to the Dominican Republic, I feel really, really bad for your spouse.
Today on his radio show, Limbaugh explained that “no” doesn’t always mean “no,” as in saying “no” to sex can sometimes mean saying “yes.” Sounding more and more like Vincent D’Onofrio in Men In Black, Limbaugh went on to explain what seduction used to be all about. My sincerest apologies if this embeds into your head the image of Limbaugh trying to be sexually seductive.
Seduction used to be an art. Now of course it’s brutish and it’s predatory and it’s bad. […] How many of you guys in your own experience with women have learned that “no” means “yes” if you know how to spot it? I’m probably — let me tell you something, in this modern — that is simply, that’s not tolerated. That would not — people aren’t even gonna try to understand that one. I mean it used to be part of the advice young boys were given. See that’s what we gotta change. We have got to reprogram the way we raise ’em.
Obviously Limbaugh prefers the harrowing time when women were considered property of men, and could therefore be treated however men wanted. And then, once that era went away, Limbaugh settled for a society in which men merely dominated women — telling them what they want — and when men deigned to ask, the answer was often ignored or misinterpreted to mean the opposite.
“No means no” eliminates the gray area, and, best case, it prevents rape. Duh. If perchance someone means “yes” when they say “no,” then sorry, “no” still mean “no” even when it’s not the intention. Again, no more gray area means fewer rapes. Or perhaps Limbaugh wants there to be ambiguous sexual communication leading to assault and the potential for unplanned pregnancies. I can’t imagine that’s true even for a bastard like Limbaugh. But re-read what he said and it’s clear that he doesn’t mind the potential for disastrous misinterpretations leading to terrible consequences. In fact, he explicitly said that we need to instruct children that “no” sometimes means “yes.” What could possibly go wrong?
I’ve listened to Limbaugh say a lot of terrible things, but this has to rank among the top two or three most vile things he’s said. This is a guy who clearly has serious issues with women, probably mommy-issues in there, too. It’s staggering that he was able to convince three of them to marry him.