Responding to a new study on street harassment and objectification, Limbaugh stated, "[Liberals] just despise basic human nature." He then suggested that men should "walk up to the woman and say, 'Will you please ask your breasts to stop staring at my eyes?'"
Join us in telling Rush, sexual harassment is not human nature: it's a form of violence. According to the CDC “non-contact unwanted sexual experiences,” including sexual harassment, are the most prevalent form of sexual violence for both men and women in the United States. Internationally, studies show that between 70-99% of women experience street harassment at some point during their lives. Comments from “You’d look good on me” to groping, flashing and assault are a daily, global reality for women and LGBTQ individuals, but street harassment is rarely reported, and culturally accepted as ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman or for being gay. The long-term impacts include depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as a reduced sense of safety that can limit earnings, decrease mobility, and interrupt their ability to fully engage with civic life.
Furthermore, Rush’s grim view of “human nature” ignores the many good men who are out there -- supporting women, respecting women, and working alongside women to build a world where everyone has the right to feel safe and confident.
Rush Limbaugh's words matter, not only because they are reinforcing a larger culture of inequality and objectification of women but because they diminish the reality of sexual harassment. If sexual harassment is okay, then stalking is okay. If stalking is okay, then groping is okay. If groping is okay, then rape is okay. By considering sexual harassment a part of "human nature," Rush Limbaugh is normalizing the behavior and conditions that allow for the continuation of gender-based violence.
Tell Rush Limbaugh that sexual harassment is no joke. Stand up against his message and stand up for your right to be safe in public space.