Mitch McConnell fundraiser: Wives in bad ‘mood’ still have sexual ‘obligation’ to husbands

By David Edwards
Thursday, March 20, 2014 15:04 EDT
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A conservative radio host who hosted a fundraiser for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) this week has said that a wife should have sex with her husband — regardless of her “mood” — because it was one of the “mutual obligations” of being married.

On Wednesday, Dennis Prager was one of several speakers hosting a political fundraiser for Senate Majority Leader in California. Tickets for the event reportedly cost $30,400 for couples.

The Hill pointed out that some of Prager’s past writings were probably not going to help McConnell win over women voters in Kentucky.

In a 2008 column for Town Hall, the radio host opined that if “most women wait until they are in the mood before making love with their husband, many women will be waiting a month or more until they next have sex.”

“Thus, in the past generation we have witnessed the demise of the concept of obligation in personal relations,” he noted. “To many women, especially among the best educated, the notion that a woman owes her husband sex seems absurd, if not actually immoral. They have been taught that such a sense of obligation renders her ‘property.’”

Prager added: “A woman is not ‘property’ when she feels she owes her husband conjugal relations. She is simply wise enough to recognize that marriages based on mutual obligations — as opposed to rights alone and certainly as opposed to moods — are likely to be the best marriages.”

Earlier that same year, Prager asserted on his radio show that feminism was a myth.

“It was based on theory, not reality. Feminism is a rebellion against nature,” he said. “Nature made men and women different. Nature made women want men.”

Prager lamented that elementary school boys were no longer allowed to play “tag” with girls the same way that he did as a child.

“Which was the highlight of my entire elementary school experience,” he recalled. “I would chase the girls in tag. And it was a highlight of my being, my existential reality. This is forbidden.”

As Media Matters observed, Prager’s views on same-sex marriage leading to polygamy and incest are also far outside the mainstream.

McConnell campaign spokesperson Allison Moore told The Hill that the senator had a “long and distinguished record of defending and empowering Kentucky women and he’s proud to run on that record. No one stands stronger for [Kentucky] women than Sen. McConnell.”

Watch the video below from the Dennis Prager Radio Show, broadcast in 2008.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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