Burqas Don’t Stop Harassment, Rush
That’s Rush Limbaugh’s advice after University of Nebraska researchers said it looks like men can control their objectifying behavior as they gain awareness of it. (Btw, objectifying and appreciating that someone is attractive are two different things.)
And that’s a good thing, they say, because objectified women are seen as less friendly, less intelligent and competent, and less moral. That, in turn, leaves women silencing themselves and it undermines their work performance.
Yet Rush insists,
Some of these babes, I’m telling you, like the sexual harassment crowd. They’re out there protesting what they actually wish would happen to them sometimes.
Hmmm. Take a look at a Public Service Ad that puts you in an Egyptian woman’s shoes (where harassment is rampant):
And you know what? Women can’t please Rush whether they look attractive or not. (And most don’t want to please him.)
On one side he mouths off,
Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.
The other side spouts,
The larger the bra size, the smaller the IQ.
And what does Rush expect women to do with their offending breasts? Undergo surgical reduction?
No. He’s found an alternate solution. Men must not limit themselves, so women must hide behind yards of fabric:
I’ll tell you, you women. Why don’t you just make it official, put on some burkas and I’ll guaran-damn-tee you nobody’ll touch you. You put on a burka, and everybody’ll leave you alone if that’s what you want.
Then why did harassment explode in Egypt when women went from 20th century miniskirts to 21st century veiling? Mr. Alaa Al Aswany, an Egyptian novelist, wrote a piece for the New York Times that tells us:
Until the end of the 1970s, many Egyptian women still went without head scarves, wearing modern Western-style dress, yet incidents of sexual harassment were rare. Now, with the spread of the hijab, harassment has taken on epidemic proportions. A 2008 study from the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights revealed that 83% of women interviewed had been subjected to sexual harassment at least once, and that 50% experienced it on a daily basis.
Why is it that men did not harass Egyptian women when they wore short skirts but that sexual harassment has increased against women in head scarves? When ultraconservative doctrine dehumanizes women, reducing them to objects, it legitimizes acts of sexual aggression against them.
In fact, an Egyptian woman once posed nude, saying modesty objectifies women.
Limbaugh’s hostility and dehumanization fit right in. And he wonders why women don’t like him.
Yeah, big mystery.
Limbaugh quotes courtesy of Daily Kos.
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Posted on December 13, 2013, in feminism, men, objectification, psychology, rape and sexual assault, sexism, violence against women, women and tagged feminism, men, psychology, Rush Limbaugh, sexism, sexual harassment, sexual objectification, women. Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.