Republican Congressman Asks Why We Can’t Call Women Sluts Anymore
Rep. Jason Louis (R-MN), a great philosopher for our time.
“You’re welcome, America, for what you’re about to hear,” Alisyn Camerota began sarcastically, explaining that the investigative team at CNN’s New Day unearthed a portion of a radio show from March 2012 in which Louis wondered why it’s not a thing for women to be called sluts nowadays.
Here’s what he said:
“Well the thing is, can we call anybody a slut? This is what begs the question… Does a woman now have the right to behave – and I know there’s a double standard between the way men chase women and, you know, 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 we can’t call her a slut?”
“These are the important questions of our time,” Dana Bash quipped. “In all seriousness, this is an interesting case because this is a district that is one of the 20 plus, really more than that, that could determine whether Republicans keep control or lose control.”
“Jason Lewis is running against a female candidate,” she continued. The Democrat is somebody who ran against him the last time and lost and this particular gem wasn’t out there on the campaign trail but others from his radio days were, which were equally if not more explosive and it didn’t seem to make a difference.”
“That was in 2016 when those explosive comments were being crowded out by the guy at the top of the ticket. It was also pre-#MeToo and a time when the Democratic base was not even as close to being as energized as they are now. So this will be a very interesting test case as to whether this kind of language in this election will be hurtful to somebody who is not Donald Trump,” she added.
Watch above, via CNN.
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