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Feminazi is a term used to characterize aggressive feminists,[1] radical feminists,[2] or feminists in general.[3][4] The on-line version of the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the term as "an extreme or militant feminist".[5] The term was popularized by conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh.[6][7][8] Feminazi is a portmanteau of the nouns feminist and Nazi.

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Use and history of the word

The term was widely used in the press for a brief time in the 1970s.[1] In his 1992 book, Limbaugh credited his friend Tom Hazlett, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute,[9] with coining the term.[8] In the book, Limbaugh also stated that the word refers to unspecified women whose goal is to allow as many abortions as possible, saying at one point that there were fewer than 25 "true feminazis" in the U.S.[10][11][12] Limbaugh has used the term to refer to members of the National Center for Women and Policing, the Feminist Majority Foundation, the National Organization for Women, and other organizations at the March for Women's Lives, a large pro-choice demonstration.[13][14][15][16][17]

There were times when Limbaugh shied away from using the term due to the controversy it caused. According to Slate.com, in 2000:

"[Limbaugh] has all-but-dropped the term 'feminazi.' When he was lambasted for mocking AIDS victims, he quickly apologized. He stopped performing 'caller abortions.' Other political talk radio shows stumble because their hosts put the politics before radio (see sclerotic Bob Grant). But Limbaugh never makes that mistake. He is a genuine conservative, but 'he is a political entertainer and a consummate pro,' says John Fund of the Wall Street Journal, who helped write Limbaugh's first book. 'Don't forget he was a DJ.'"[18]

In 2005, however, Limbaugh defended his use of the term: "I haven't used that term on this program in years. But it still gets to 'em, doesn't it? And you know why? Because it's right. Because it's accurate."[17]

Criticism

In an interview, Gloria Steinem characterized Limbaugh's use of the term "feminazi" as libelous. She also pointed out the apparent irony of conflating feminists with Nazis, explaining that "Hitler came to power against the strong feminist movement in Germany, padlocked the family planning clinics, and declared abortion a crime against the state—all views that more closely resemble Rush Limbaugh's."[19]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America, no. 1 - 1979, page 44
  2. ^ Grant Barrett Hatchet jobs and hardball: the Oxford dictionary of American political slang, Oxford University Press, 2004 p. 527
  3. ^ "Authority in contention" By Daniel J. Myers, Daniel M. Cress; quote "More recently, consider the term 'feminazi' that Rush Limbaugh coined to ridicule feminists..."
  4. ^ "Angry Feminazis and Manhaters: How Women Develop Positive Feminist Identities in the Face of Stigma" by April Dye for the Association for Women in Psychology Abstract: "Popular culture often portrays feminists as 'feminazis.'"
  5. ^ Online dictionary
  6. ^ Limbaugh defended his use of term "feminazi" as "right" and "accurate" Media Matters "In The Washington Post we get a little story: "Tips for the Democrats, Hint: Next time don't compare anybody to Hitler." And by the way, the only reason they're doing it is because Rush Limbaugh invented the term "feminazi." That's the sum total of the Washington Post story — Durbin did it because I popularized it first with "feminazi."
  7. ^ "Feminazi is an Accurate Term" The Rush Limbaugh Show.
  8. ^ a b Rush H. Limbaugh, The Way Things Ought to Be, Pocket Books, 1992 p.193
  9. ^ Tom Hazlett Cato Institute
  10. ^ Rush H. Limbaugh, The Way Things Ought to Be, Pocket Books, 1992 p.296
  11. ^ Britt Gillette, The Dittohead's Guide to Adult Beverages, Regnery Publishing, 2005, page xii
  12. ^ "Feminazi is an Accurate Term"
  13. ^ "Limbaugh defended his use of term "feminazi" as "right" and "accurate" Media Matters Quote: "The feminazis gathered in Washington on Sunday, about a half-million of them it says here, and it was the first big pro-abortion rally in 12 years. The last one was in 1992 during the — that campaign, the Bush-Clinton campaign. They trotted themselves out again. In fact, grab me the "Feminist Update" theme. OK, just the last big pro-abort rally that the feminazis had, we actually took audio from it and interposed it, you know, mixed it, with the Forester Sisters and their song "Men," and that gave us our "Feminist Update" theme. Now, let's go to the audiotape. Let's listen to some famous feminazis who were speaking yesterday at the pro-abort anti-Bush rally. In order, they are Gloria Steinem, Susan Sarandon, Christine Lahti and Camryn Manheim."
  14. ^ Media Matters "Meet the New Rush, Same as the Old Rush; A Media Matters for America Analysis of The Rush Limbaugh Show"
  15. ^ Media Matters "Repeating "feminazi" comment, Limbaugh reprises familiar theme"
  16. ^ Media Matters "Limbaugh lashed out at Media Matters and NBC, having declined invitation from Today to respond"
  17. ^ a b Media Matters "Limbaugh defended his use of term 'feminazi' as 'right' and 'accurate'"
  18. ^ Slate.com "Rush Limbaugh and Dr. Laura Schlessinger" By David Plotz
  19. ^ Ask Gloria at Feminist.com.







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