Rush Limbaugh promoted himself to “dating expert” on his show Monday, and he wants everyone to know that he’s sick of the “modern” definition of consent. To most people, “no” means “no,” but to Rush Limbaugh, that’s horse hockey.
While blovating on his program, Limbaugh asked, “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.”
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let’s back up here.
First, mixed signal or not, I’m not going to feel sorry for you when you get accused of rape if you follow Limbaugh’s logic. You were stupid enough to put yourself in that situation. “No” means “no” even on the rare chance they did mean for it to be “yes;” if you say “no” and I’m going with that, and we’re done. Likewise, if I say “no,” I hope the feeling is mutual.
I’ll go even further: Limbaugh seems to think life is a romantic comedy, but just because he’s a joke doesn’t mean life is one. I wouldn’t trust Hollywood to show me how to turn a computer on, leave off how to read subtle social cues.
Limbaugh apparently disagrees with that.
To back up his empty point, Limbaugh read off Ohio State University’s definition of consent: it outlines how two people should behave once they decide to engage in a sexual relationship. Basically, you and your partner must agree to engage in the activity every step of the way, including agreeing on “why.” It sounds complicated, but it’s step-by-step. A step-by-step process of tying shoes sounds complicated.
Regardless, Limbaugh seems to think that agreeing on things drains the fun from them.
“Agreeing on the ‘why’ takes all the romance out of everything!” Limbaugh lamented, adding that “seduction used to be an art, now of course it’s brutish and it’s predatory and it’s bad.”
I have three thoughts here: one, that’s not how romance works, and that’s not how seduction works. Two, if he believes that’s how romance and seduction works, it’s probably why he’s been divorced as many times as he has. Three, “seduction” and “Limbaugh” should never, ever appear in the same sentence.