...is when Gloria Allred wants you to bring it.
Never one to pass up a chance at publicity of whatever quality, Ms. Allred has suggested that Rush Limbaugh face criminal prosecution for publicly calling a Georgetown law student a "slut." This was because the student testified before Congress in a manner inconsistent with Mr. Limbaugh's views about the (required) provision of contraceptives.
Limbaugh apologized for his crude and insulting remark, as well he should have. Indeed, there's a rumor about that radio talk show hosts, and other human beings, should think about what they say before they say it. But the idea that a person should be prosecuted for being unbearably crude is, well, crazy, not to mention dangerous.
Ms. Allred points to a statute providing that anyone who "speaks of and concerning any woman, married or unmarried, falsely and maliciously imputing to her a want of chastity" is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. The statute sounds to me like something out of the 18th Century, and embodies a paternalistic attitude toward women that, in any other context, would make Ms. Allred's head explode. But, to cut to the chase, it is probably the most obviously unconstitutional statute I have ever read. The statute, and Ms. Allred's desire to use it, are so out to lunch that they make liberal McCarthyite campus speech codes look good.