Sometimes, you just have to laugh.
Calling bullshit on the patriarchy, while somewhat enjoyable in smaller doses, can also be overwhelming and turn into depressing work if one doesn’t take some time out to enjoy the more humorous things in life. There’s really only so many times you can look sadly at signs denouncing violence against women being defaced because there is someone out there that just can’t stand such a simple statement as “Don’t Rape”, roll your eyes at the people that think that those who don’t think domestic violence and rape is the most hilarious thing ever are the one's whose sense of humor that is out of whack, or bang your head over so many “quirky” little things, like offering a discount on wife-beater tee-shirts to actual, documented wife-beaters because that’s just so “edgy” and “daring” and all, before you realize what an uphill battle it all is. And when it gets a little to overwhelming, we would all do good to take a lesson from the wonderful deceased author Molly Ivins, that sometimes, you just have to laugh, because crying and throwing up are not good for you.
On an aside, I’ve always been amused at the “no sense of humor” complaint aimed at groups that dare not laugh at patriarchy’s ridicule and dehumanization of them. If anything, I think the argument could be made that these stigmatized groups often have a pretty decent sense of humor, because they have to. Perhaps that's an article for another day though. As it stands, if ridiculing the stupidity of racists, bigots, and misogynists is what gets one through the day, so be it. With that said, I’d like to point you to the most hilarious thing I’ve seen all week: Rush Limbaugh can’t figure out why women don’t like him.
I’ll repeat that, just so that you understand: Rush Limbaugh can’t figure out why women don’t like him.
The back story can be found here. Rush Limbaugh recently discovered that there is a large gender divide in his viewers, which for some reason surprised the hell out of him. After all, how could anyone dislike such a lovable and cuddly character on the radio that preaches to his listeners that infidelity comes from smart women talking instead of giving blow jobs, thinks that “girl” is the best insult ever because girls really, really suck, has a pretty creepy obsession with attacking women that just so happen to be some of the most powerful women in the country, jokes about buying sex in a nation well known for it’s prositution issues, whining and crying about men being “emasculated” by "feminazis" whenever a woman dares to ask society to treat her as, you know, a person, or bases his theories of relationships on the assumption that women are like pets.
So yes, the fact that many women actively despise Limbaugh, let alone don’t bother listening to him at all, is such a mystery. And this is where it gets even better, because Limbaugh’s childlike curiosity and caring nature demands that he figure out this most mysterious of all mysteries. So Limbaugh decided that the best way to reach out to female listeners and figure out why his audience in comprised of mostly men was to hold a “Limbaugh’s Women’s Summit” in order to figure out what female listeners want from his show. Naturally, this being the Rush Limbaugh show, this “summit” merely boils down to women calling in and explaining what exactly it is about Rush’s show that causes them to dislike it, so that Rush can belittle them by telling them to lighten up and get over it, because he’s not going to change:
RUSH: I would say they need to lighten up, for crying out loud! Why do I have to change who I am? Why can’t they just lighten up? Infobabe! Why can’t they laugh? What is the problem with being light and lovable and just smiling now and then? Why must everything be said through gritted teeth and anger?
CALLER: It doesn’t have to be that way, but you don’t have to label it as an “infobabe.”
RUSH: (laughs) I’m not going to change that. That is a signature.
See, the actual problem here isn’t that Limbaugh is a misogynist douchebag, it’s that he needs to hold this “summit” in order to explain to women why their reasons for disliking him aren’t valid. They shouldn’t actually be offended at his idea that women aren’t respectable people, they are just offended because they are too stupid to realize what comedy gold treating women like silly little sex objects are. It’s all feminism’s fault, I’m sure, and if Limbaugh could just show these women the light, and why they should put aside their self-respect and listen to his show, then Limbaugh could go back to more pressing matters like hoping the new president fails the country.
So perhaps it is important for Limbaugh to figure out why an attitude such as this and jokes about the "castrati" turn women off of of him. But instead of dealing with all this female nonsense, I think Limbaugh should just do what other talk show hosts do, and add some token woman on to laugh at all his sexist jokes, because if one woman laughs at it, it means it’s not sexist. I’d suggest Sarah Palin, being that a political candidate that was encouraged to do something as silly as like wink to excite male supporters during a political debate is perfect as the face of the “new feminism” everyone's talking about these days.
Because as we saw from the election, women will totally eat that stuff up.