"Feminazi"(feminist + Nazi) desscribes a radical feminist; the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary states that the term is “usually disparaging.” Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was known for his use of “feminazi” in the early 1990s, but Limbaugh used the term only infrequently by the end of the 1990s.
The term “feminazi” has been cited in print since at least July 1989, when it was cited in the Los Angeles (CA) Times. Limbaugh has credited Tom Hazlett (a George Mason University professor of law and economics, but who has also taught at the University of California at Davis) with coinage of the term, but this has not been verified.
Feminazi is a term popularized by radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh. Feminazi is a portmanteau of the nouns feminist and Nazi. The term is used pejoratively by some U.S. conservatives to criticize feminists that they perceive as extreme.
The online version of the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the term as used in a “usually disparaging” manner, to describe “an extreme or militant feminist”.
Use and history of the word
In his 1992 book, Limbaugh credited his friend Tom Hazlett, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, with coining the term. 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. 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.
There were times when Limbaugh shied away from using the term due to the controversy it caused.
Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
fem·i·na·zi noun \ˈfe-mə-ˌnät-sē\
Definition of FEMINAZI
: an extreme or militant feminist
Origin of FEMINAZI
blend of feminist and Nazi
First Known Use: 1989
(Oxford English Dictionary)
Forms: 19– femi-Nazi, 19– femiNazi, 19– feminazi.
Etymology: femi- (in feminist adj., etc.) + Nazi n.
N. Amer. slang (derogatory).
A radical feminist.
The term was first popularized by the U.S. talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
1990 Atlanta Jrnl. & Constit. 1 Mar. e10/3 Let commie-liberals, femi-nazis and other bleeding hearts quibble over that.
1992 R. H. Limbaugh Way Things ought to Be xvii. 191 Many young women today have little in common with the militants of the 1970s, many of whom are now the embittered feminazis.
Los Angeles (CA) Times
4 July 1989, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “It will be the poor women that are hurt” by Eric Bailey and Lynn Smith, Metro, pg. 1:
“The day of the unborn is here,” the Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, chairman of the Orange County-based Traditional Values Coalition, declared to cheers and cries of “Amen!” from anti-abortion activists holding placards reading, “Thank You Lord for This Victory in Life” and “Feminazis Go Home.”
From: (G. Andrew McGehee)
Date: 12 Sep 90 12:45:13 GMT
Local: Wed, Sep 12 1990 7:45 am
Subject: Re: Snow Bunnies & Piranha Women in the Avocado Jungle…
Pretty corny, but was actually a rather funny spoof of feminist/feminazi thought. Or lack of thought.
New York (NY) Times
The Rush Hours
Lewis Grossberger, who was a columnist for 7 Days, is the author of “Read My Clips: Media Person Cuts Up,” to be published by Random House in the Spring
Published: December 16, 1990
A handy lexicon of puzzling words, expressions and songs frequently heard on “The Rush Limbaugh Show.”
Feminazis, Environmental Wackos, Humaniacs, Art & Croissant Crowd: Objects of Limbaughian displeasure and causers of the world’s major ills (along with gay activists, homeless activists, animal rights activists, black activists, artists, vegetarians and female reporters in locker rooms).
The Way Things Ought to Be
By Rush H. Limbaugh
New York, NY: Pocket Books
I prefer to call the most obnoxious feminists what they really are: feminazis. Tom Hazlett, a good friend who is an esteemed and highly regarded professor of economics at the University of California at Davis, coined the term to describe any female who is intolerant of any point of view that challenges militant feminism. I often use it to describe women who are obsessed with perpetuating a modern-day holocaust: abortion. There are 1.5 million abortions a year..,
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