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Rush Limbaugh's Sex Consent Comments Jumped On by DCCC

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I this January 27, 2010 file photo is seen, radio talk show host and conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 08:45 AM

Rush Limbaugh is being accused of "advocating for the tolerance of rape" in Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) fundraising posts after he made some no-means-yes comments on his radio show this past Monday.

According to The Daily Caller, Limbaugh was discussing Ohio State University's new sexual consent policy, which was introduced after a four-year civil rights investigation by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.

Reading from the new policy, he said, "After you and your partner decide that you're going to make out or have sex, you agree to do it, then you agree – you have to agree on why. Consent is the act of knowingly, actively, and voluntarily agreeing explicitly to engage in sexual activity . . . The absence of no does not mean yes. It must be asked every step of the way. It cannot be implied or assumed even in the context of a relationship."

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Limbaugh was skeptical of the policy's insistence on explaining the "why" behind any consent given.

"Agreeing on the 'why' takes all the romance out of everything – takes [out] all the seduction. Seduction used to be an art, now of course it's 'brutish' and it's 'predatory' . . . How many guys, in your own experience with women, have learned that no means yes if you know how to spot it? . . . Are these [policies] not lawsuits waiting to happen?"

Several news outlets and listeners took issue with Limbaugh's question about the word "no" in the context of seduction.

The DCCC in particular saw the remarks as a fundraising opportunity.

Politico's Dylan Byers described it thus: "The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, perhaps the most relentless email spammer in Washington, is now trying to add names to its fundraising list by protesting Rush Limbaugh's recent remarks on rape."

"It goes without saying that Limbaugh's remarks were extremely inappropriate, and caused genuine anger among many Democrats, Independents and Republicans alike. But some on Tuesday also found the DCCC's own efforts rather untoward."

One political consultant said in an email to Byers that, "Limbaugh's comments are disgusting, and should be called out, but this is the wrong way of doing it."

In the days following the comments, the DCCC sent out several emails and a few dozen tweets asking people to sign their petition asking Limbaugh's advertisers to drop his show. The petition of course builds the DCCC's email lists further as well.


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Rush Limbaugh is being accused of "advocating for the tolerance of rape" in Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) fundraising posts after he made some no-means-yes comments on his radio show this past Monday.
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