Rush Limbaugh is essentially most well known for embodying all of the worst qualities a person can possibly have. Besides being a hypocritical liar who misleads listeners with outlandishly distorted and blatantly fabricated “facts” on a daily basis, he happens to be an all-around asshole. He’s had his fair share of flubs and scandals, but on his show last Friday, some are saying he made what may be his most preposterous statement in recent memory.
Referencing a study completed by researchers in Italy that found that the size of male genitalia has decreased over the past fifty years, he said:
“The study’s leaders claim to have bona fide research that says the average size of a penis is roughly 10 percent smaller than it was 50 years ago. And the researchers say air pollution is why. […] I don’t buy this. I think it’s feminism. I think if it’s tied to the last 50 years, the average size of a member is 10 percent smaller than 50 years [ago], it has to be the feminazis. I mean, the chickification, everything else.”
“Feminazis,” of course, is the oh-so-classy term Limbaugh has coined to reference feminists. Essentially, here, he’s blaming women for penis shrinkage.
The study in question blames the reduction in penis size on several environmental factors, including weight gain, air pollution, stress, smoking, and alcohol. Instead of even considering the fact that these components could have contributed to these findings, Limbaugh instead rears his ugly, jowly, misogynistic head and immediately blames women. Mind you, he gives no facts or research to endorse these claims, you’re just supposed to take his word for it.
This is a man who’s paid a staggering $50 million per year to spew these kinds of dimwitted, ignorant views. We know his politics are questionable, but what’s even more insulting is his pervasive, consistent sexism. You’ll recall that only a few months ago, he was embroiled in public outrage after calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” on air, and apologized only after over 100 sponsors pulled after his show. So as long as there’s money involved, he’ll bite the bullet. His greed truly knows no bounds.
What worries me most about this kind of sexist rhetoric, though, is that the people listening to him are the very people who are going to cling on to this kind of chauvinistic ideology. The spread of this kind of ill-founded idiocy isn’t just an impairment to women, but to society as a whole.
Now, obviously I don’t have any proof that Rush Limbaugh is lacking in the penis department, nor do I think self-esteem should be tied to penis size, but in this instance, it seems to me that his colossal ego and distaste for women is making up for something else, combined with that fact that, scientifically, fat blowhards usually have smaller penises. Instead of blaming the opposite sex on your deficiencies, maybe grow a pair first.