The fact that an anti-street harassment video has attracted heavy attention online, radio host Rush Limbaugh argued on Thursday, speaks to the failure of modern feminism.
“There is nothing new about this,” he argued. “What is new is that feminists in the ’60s and ’70s were supposed to wipe this out. Feminism was going to take care of this, it was going to stop the objectifying of women. It was going to stop the brutish behavior and the predatory behavior of men. It was going to promote the equality of women. It was going to make it so that men were never, ever going to feel comfortable doing this again.”
Limbaugh also suggested that the video depicting Shoshana B. Roberts as she walks past men catcalling her in New York City was misleading.
“Even some of the things represented as catcalls are not catcalls,” Limbaugh said. “Some of the things represented are, ‘Hi, have a nice day.’ It’s nothing more than men speaking to her.”
He did not mention that Roberts has reportedly been receiving rape threats since participating in the video with Hollaback, an anti-street harassment group. Limbaugh did, however, criticize her for listing her bust size on her personal website.
“This woman puts it out there,” he said.
Limbaugh also sarcastically argued that he is not biased against feminism.
“I love the women’s movement — especially when walking behind it,” he said.
Listen to Limbaugh’s commentary, as posted by Media Matters on Thursday, below.