|raisedbymoogles (raisedbymoogles) wrote,|
@ 2011-02-22 21:44:00
|Entry tags:||politics, women's issues|
Gimme some of that sweet, sweet irony.
Oh, Limbaugh. You will never fail to be hilarious. In a sickening sort of way. (Does anyone listen to the man seriously anymore? I mean, besides as a cure for low blood pressure?)
Rush Limbaugh suggests first lady is overweight (via Salon)
Oh no, Mr. Limbaugh. Oh no no no. You do not get to talk about anybody else's weight as a negative. Have you looked in a mirror lately? Have you stepped on a scale? How do you spew these things without your own latent humanity rising up and strangling you, like Leia versus Jabba the Hutt? (Don't think about that too hard or your brain will go to the bad place.) He compares her to a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. He suggests that this is the model the First Lady should aspire to. In the words of the sages, fuck that noise.
I have not listened to Rush's full rant on the subject (because I do not have any blood pressure problems and would prefer to keep it that way, thanks), but I suspect that his goal is to paint Mrs. Obama with the brush of hypocrisy, what with her pet issue being childhood obesity and eating healthy and all. If anyone is brave enough to confirm or bust that myth, let me know, but either way, re: hypocrisy - I say again. Mr. Limbaugh, have you looked in a mirror lately?
Honestly, it's a bit of a ticklish operation to remark on this. People have been remarking on Limbaugh's weight, and using it to demonize him, practically since before I was born. Not that the man isn't a tool, but it's entirely too easy to use his weight as a metaphor for all of his awfulness in part because it's become such a convenient shorthand in our political discourse. If this were any other rant, I probably wouldn't bring Limbaugh's weight up at all, but his going after Mrs. Obama's weight specifically kind of declares open season on his physique to my way of thinking. The man is obese. He's also a shit-stirring, mysogynist waste of air. The two facts are probably not related, but in combination they preclude him from getting away with this nonsense.
It seems like anytime someone wants to attack a woman, the first thing he (or she, since dickery is not confined to those with dicks) goes after is her appearance, and specifically more often than not her weight. It's the rhetoric equivalent of a nut shot: cheap, dishonorable, and if it lands it hurts like hell. 'Fat' has kind of become a shorthand for evil because it's so easy to go after. It's highly visible (when's the last time you heard someone say "Those damn diabetics!"?), it's socially acceptable to discriminate against, and, like hiccups and menstrual cramps, everyone has their favorite 'quick cure' for it that doesn't work. You hear about the 'obesity epidemic' on the news every so often, being talked about solemnly like it's the forces of Mordor massing on the Canadian border; fat has been linked to laziness, entitlement complexes, overconsumption, "welfare queens", trashing the environment, and Everything That's Wrong With America Today. And, inevitably, the person being thus torn down will be a woman. Like it's a woman's duty to be attractive, and it's a moral failing if she doesn't meet the standards set by, say, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit models (nothing against them, I'm sure they're very nice people). There's this weird tendency to treat women's bodies as public domain, as tools to make a political point or demonize someone's politics. Limbaugh's recent nonsense is an especially glaring example, but it's really all over the place. It's gotten so pervasive that you don't even notice it unless you're looking for it. Once you do start seeing it, the constant coverage of who's fat, who's dieting, etc. becomes disturbingly lurid, like someone secretly replaced all your news coverage with People magazine to see if you'd notice.
Note to mainstream media: I noticed. Can you shut up about people's weight now?
You know what? I don't think Mrs. Obama herself is going to be too bothered by this. She strikes me as a supremely confident and secure woman, and she is obviously not overweight by any stretch of the imagination. Even if she did have a little junk in her trunk, it's such a non-issue that it's going to go 'plink' and bounce right off like a pebble off an Abrams tank. I picture her hearing about this and rolling her eyes, maybe laughing a little, and then going right back to Being Awesome without a single fuck given about the Limbaughs of the world.
And that, dear readers, is exactly how it should be.