Limbaugh, Fluke, and the Word ‘Slut’ : Repressive Tolerance Goes Full Bore


It’s funny, but a single sentence in a 47-year-old essay by Herbert Marcuse pretty much sums up everything we’ve seen in the last week regarding Rush Limbaugh’s comments over Sandra Fluke’s testimony about supposed barriers to access to birth control.

“Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left,” Marcuse wrote all those years ago. “As to the scope of this tolerance and intolerance: … it would extend to the stage of action as well as of discussion and propaganda, of deed as well as of word.”

Shorter Marceuse then : Attack and vilify the right with everything you have when they step out of line, but tolerate or look the other way when it’s the Left doing the same thing.

Limbaugh tosses out slut in connection to Fluke and the birth control issue, and it’s a shitstorm of epic proportions. The Left mobilizes through social media and other outlets, resulting in Legal Zoom, Pro Flowers, Carbonite, Quicken Loans and others from pulling their ads from Limbaugh’s show. Misogyny and war on women are tossed like firebombs against Limbaugh, with the Left happily painting a picture of Rush as the prototypical hate-filled, racist, homophobic conservative and GOPer.

But then, you see, when one looks at instances of the Left tossing out such words lightly, there is a surprising lack of a disturbance in the force.

Daily Kos posted an article gleefully proclaiming that it’s time for “Sluts to Unite!”. Or here, HBO’s Bill Maher says it’s A-OK for him to drop the word “cunt” when he referenced Sarah Palin in recent years. (AND he goes ahead and uses “sluts” while cracking a joke about how the first sponsors to drop Limbaugh were mattress companies). ¬†Or here’s another fun one, where Current TV’s Keith Olbermann implied that he wished Planned Parenthood would have been able to “prevent” conservative woman S.E. Cupp’s birth.

Here’s another fun one, where apparently there was a coordinated T-shirt campaign and photoshop campaign that went after Palin (again with the theme she’s a cunt).

Hey, we can drop the c-word all we want, because we're on the Left! Rush says slut, though, and it's outrage like never before!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we have this excellent article by The Daily Beast’s Kirsten Powers, in which she does a much more thorough job than I of highlighting recent examples of liberal men’s misogyny that failed to ignite any sort of outrage among the Left. Have fun reading that one, it really highlights the point I’m trying to make.

So, just remember kiddos. The Left can say WHATEVER it wants, because academia, the media, and the politicians will protect them. The Right? Not so much. Repressive tolerance. Hold on to this idea. Keep it fresh in your mind for when the next big storm comes.

Oh… and just remember, Left.

War.

One Response to “Limbaugh, Fluke, and the Word ‘Slut’ : Repressive Tolerance Goes Full Bore”

  1. Couldn’t have said it better! Great piece……uh, nevermind.

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