GOP Congressman Fondly Reminisces About Demeaning Women

A Republican Congressman from Minnesota, Rep. Jason Lewis, used to host a radio show in which he called himself “America’s Mister Right.” On that show, he liked to go on long, misogynistic rants, including one revealed by CNN’s K File in which he fondly reminisced about how you used to be able to demean women as sluts. He was asked about young female voters and said that they only cared about access to birth control. And then:

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“Well, the thing is, can we call anybody a slut? This is what begs the question. Take this woman out of it, take Rush out of it for a moment,” Lewis said in a March 2012 episode. “Does a woman now have the right to behave — and I know there’s a double standard between the way men chase women and running and running around — you know, I’m not going to get there, but you know what I’m talking about. But it used to be that women were held to a little bit of a higher standard. We required modesty from women. Now, are we beyond those days where a woman can behave as a slut, but you can’t call her a slut?”…

Lewis, who was a regular fill-in for Limbaugh’s national radio show, also offered a defense of the right-wing radio host for his comments on Fluke, saying, “Now Limbaugh’s reasoning was, look, if you’re demanding that the taxpayers pay for your contraception, you must use a lot of them and therefore, ergo, you’re very sexually active and in the old days, what we used to call people who were in college or even graduate school who were sexually active, we called them sluts.”…

He continued, “But have we really got to the point where you can’t refer to Madonna as a slut without being sued? I mean, Madonna has had a series of lovers, as have many in Hollywood. Now in the old days, what did we call this? Madonna dresses up in these sorts of prostitute-like outfits on stage, and she goes there and she sings and she shows half of her body. What did we call those people? 30 years ago? 40 years ago? 50 years ago? You can’t do that today, it’s too politically incorrect?”

It’s sexist and misogynistic. It has no place in political discourse anymore. We’ve tried to leave such medieval beliefs in the past. And it’s time for you to leave office and take those idiotic and bigoted views with you. Lewis is facing a tough reelection fight this November. Let’s hope this is enough to get the people of that district to throw him out on his ass and replace him with a Democrat.

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