Hustler Publisher Larry Flynt Calls For Enacting Equal Rights Amendment

September 8th, 2010 5:05 PM
Yes, you read that headline right.

Larry Flynt, the outspoken publisher of the men's magazine "Hustler," is advocating equal rights for women.

Even better, the real punch line in his Huffington Post piece was that he blamed the failure of the 1970s Equal Rights Amendment on feminist stalwart Gloria Steinem.

Readers are strongly cautioned to keep fluids out of their mouths and away from their computers for the duration:

I have long believed the reason the ERA didn't pass back then is that Gloria Steinem co-opted the debate about women's rights, approaching it from a New York point of view rather than a national one. Saying things like "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle" and "A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after," not to mention "make him sleep on the wet spot," didn't go over well with women in the Midwest who considered themselves feminists but still wanted to be mothers. If there is one person to blame for the failure of the ERA to pass, it's Ms. Steinem. 

With that on the table, Flynt called for the ERA to be proposed once again in Congress.

"Surely without the ill-advised, self-serving rhetoric of Ms. Steinem, reason can prevail."

Actually, with the current state of the economy, any future ERA might have to be to protect men and not women, as this recession has been far harder on male workers than female employees.

The unemployment rate for men stands at 10.6 percent; it's only 8.6 percent for women.

Beyond this, recent college trends have shown far more women seeking higher education.

But let's not allow such inconvenient truths to get in the way of the entertainment value of Flynt's proposal, or what Steinem wrote about the smutty publisher in 1997.