Tracie McMillan — Rush Limbaugh’s Newest Female Target
If you’re a female, Rush Limbaugh will find a reason — any reason — to hate on you:
Say you’re a conservative radio host who’s losing advertisers left and right for saying some deeply misinformed and misogynistic things about a the lifestyle of a highly-educated single woman, and now you need to change the conversation. How do you do that? If you’re Rush Limbaugh, you do it by attacking a different woman on the basis of her singleness, youth and education.
Limbaugh spent the entire first hour of his program today discussing “The American Way of Eating,” a new book by journalist Tracie McMillan, who logged almost a year working low-paying jobs at Wal-Mart, Applebee’s and other places to learn about the food industry. Despite the backlash he’s faced for branding law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute,” Limbaugh didn’t shy away from the matter of McMillan’s sex. On the contrary, he referred to her as an “authorette” and attempted to tie her to a broader trend of “all these young single white women” who are threatening Americans’ freedoms.
White women threatening Americans’ freedoms? WHAT?
Limbaugh needs therapy. Immediately.
And there’s more:
Less thrilling to her was Limbaugh attacking her for being female, single and educated. “It just didn’t really occur to me that my being single would have any bearing on whether what my book was valid,” she says. “It seems to be a way to dismiss my intelligence or capacity to do the work.”
“But this really intense dismissal of women by someone like Rush Limbaugh, who’s considered an authority by a lot of people — that, to me, is distressing. I just wasn’t expecting anybody to say flat out that my work wasn’t valid because I’m a single woman.”
She also takes exception to Limbaugh’s calling her “over-educated.” “I only have a B.A. I don’t have an advanced degree,” she says. “Maybe he thinks women shouldn’t go to college at all?”
The guy is totally out of control. I take this as a sign that Republicans are in full-throttle panic mode.