Conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh stepped over the line again today with his views on Ohio State University’s sexual consent policy.
“How many of you guys in your own experience with women have learned that ‘no’ means ‘yes’ if you know how to spot it? It used to be used as a cliché,” he said on The Rush Limbaugh Show today, “it used to be part of the advice young boys were given.”
Newsmax reports that the OSU’s new policy states, “Consent is the act of knowingly, actively and voluntarily agreeing explicitly to engage in sexual activity. Consent must be freely given and can be withdrawn at any time.”
Limbaugh thinks that just “takes the romance out of everything!”
“Seduction used to be an art,” Limbaugh said,” now of course it’s brutish and it’s predatory and it’s bad.”
Referring to another section of the policy that reads, “Consent may not be given if one of the people involved is…under the age of 13 or is elderly,” he commented, “So, as long as the girl’s 13, she can give consent for sex provided it’s creative and enthusiastic.”
You can watch part of his broadcast in this YouTube video from the Buzz Sourse channel.
According to Newslo, Limbaugh went on to talk about some of his college experiences with girls and how he was able to tell if a girl wanted to have sex with him.
“When she’s leaning on you and breathing in your face and slurring her words, or course she wants you,” he said. “Girls never said ‘yes’ to me, they simply trusted me to know what when they wanted it.”
Limbaugh’s comments have sparked an outrage in the media, and have prompted comments such as Time’s explanation of the word no: “To clear up any further confusion for experienced men or otherwise, here’s what ‘no’ actually means, according to Merriam-Wester’s dictionary: (adverb) ‘used to gie a negative answer or replay to a question, request, or offer.’ As in, ‘No, I do not consent to having sex with you.’”
Twitter users are not being so polite, blasting Limbaugh personally.
As if #RushLimbaugh would ever have an opportunity to ‘seduce’ anyone. He probably never even had contact with a woman until the money came.
— Joni Powell (@jonibyerspowell) September 16, 2014
#RushLimbaugh Anyone else think Rush says No means Yes because he has had to force himself on so many women in his sick life?
— David Kiley (@davidkiley) September 16, 2014
Limbaugh has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth, causing others to want to put their foot in his rear, as reported in this Inqusitr article on the backlash he got for his insensitive comments about Robin Williams’ suicide.
What do you think? Does consent take all the fun out of seduction? And does “No” really mean “No” or is there a gray area?
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