Gloria Allred’s on the rampage again. This time she’s going after Rush Limbaugh for what he said about Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke (even though he already apologized for his remarks, and even though some sponsors have already pulled their ads). And she may have found a way to do it.
Apparently there’s a 19th-century statute in Palm Beach County, Fla. — where Limbaugh lives — that stipulates that anyone who “speaks of and concerning any woman, married or unmarried, falsely and maliciously imputing to her a want of chastity” is guilty of a misdemeanor. Since the statute was never repealed, it’s up to state attorney Michael McAuliffe to determine whether Limbaugh violated Section 836.04 by calling Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute.”
I know it’s preposterous, and normally I’d write it off, too — except I know how feminists operate. The only thing worse than a feminist is a feminist lawyer. When Allred makes up her mind to get even with males in power, she’ll stop at nothing to make it happen.
“There are so many injustices against women,” says Allred, “that we have to be strong — to fight the rich, the powerful, the famous, the batterers, the killers, large corporations, government, the fathers who don’t support their children, and other wrongdoers: sexual harassers. . . . We meet power with power, strength with strength. And with a lot of hard work, and surprise tactics, we’ve been able to win hundreds of millions of dollars for victims. I’ve been doing this for 33 years, and hope to God that She gives me another 33.”
And there it is. Not Allred’s female God — that’s typical feminist speak — but the phrase “surprise tactics.” If digging up a 19th-century statute doesn’t qualify as a surprise tactic, I don’t know what does.
Fluke hasn’t contacted Allred yet, but based on her three-year history of trying to get Georgetown to change its policies, she may. No doubt Allred is sitting by the phone, trying to channel Fluke. “I don’t reach out to women, they reach out to me,” she says. “If [Sandra Fluke] did reach out to be,” she added, “obviously I’d respond.”
Of course you would, Ms. Allred. But before you do, make sure you decide what your defense is going to be. Are women really as strong as men, as you claim? Or are they fragile beings whose feelings are easily hurt? You can’t have it both ways. How is it your “I am woman, hear me roar” philosophy shifts so quickly to “I am woman, watch me cower”?
Kenneth Minogue noted this paradox in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal. “Laws about sexual harassment impose penalties on employers who fail to protect female employees from their co-workers. But the presumption that women are so weak as to need protecting from rude male behavior was something feminism, with its emphasis on empowerment and equal status, seemed eager to attack. It is all marvelously absurd.”
Fess up, Ms. Allred. You don’t want justice for Fluke — you want men to suffer, pure and simple. You said Limbaugh should be “accountable” for his actions — that a financial blow from his sponsors is only “one price he has to pay.”
What’s the other? Castration?
That’s not hyperbole. When Katie Couric, another well-known feminist, interviewed a bride on The Today Show who’d been jilted at the altar, she jokingly asked the woman if she’d “considered castration as an option.” Too bad there’s no statute in New York that says anyone who “speaks of and concerning any man, married or unmarried, falsely and maliciously imputing to him a want of sterility” will be subject to prosecution.
Feminists are the exact opposite of what they claim to be. They’re not strong — they’re pitifully weak.
— Suzanne Venker is co-author of the book The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know – and Men Can’t Say, and author of an upcoming book about modern marriage. Her website is www.suzannevenker.com.