Rush: Feminism shrinks penises

A study finds male genitalia has gotten smaller and the radio host knows who to blame

Published September 21, 2012 11:57AM (EDT)

Rush Limbaugh characteristically stressed the power and importance of feminism on his Thursday show. The firebrand host attributed to feminists ("feminazis" as he puts it) the power to determine the size of male genitalia.

An Italian study found that penises are on average around 10 percent smaller today than 50 years ago. The study cited weight gain, pollution, stress and smoking as possible factors in the shrinkage, but Rush suggests otherwise.

Scoffing at the idea that air pollution might influence our physical constitution, he stated, "I think it's feminism... it's tied to the last 50 years — the average size of [a male's] member is 10 percent smaller than 50 years — it has to be the feminazis, the chickification and everything else."

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By Natasha Lennard

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