Jesse Singal at The New Republic reminds us that even Dr. Laura's non-political opinions were pretty terrible, and that she gave bad advice all the time. In fact, that was the point of her show. He provides an example:
The awfulness of Dr. Laura's advice is proportional to the severity of the caller's problem. A young woman named Jamie called in last week, thoroughly broken-sounding. She choked through her first words, thanking Dr. Laura for taking her call and thanking God for letting her get through. When her husband does certain things in bed, she says, sentences dissolving into tears, "it reminds me of being molested when I was young." She wants to get past it, to live a healthy life with her husband.
Dr. Laura has a question: "Why are you still crying about it?"
"Because it still bothers me, because I..." she starts to say before Dr. Laura interrupts.
"Oh whoa whoa whoa whoa!" she says. "Don't give me the usual nonsense here."
Over the course of the next six and a half soul-eating minutes, Dr. Laura explains some things to Jamie. She needs to just get over being molested. God gave her sexuality, which she's wasting "because some jerk did something evil. Makes no sense to me. To me that's affronting God." It's foolish for Jamie, at 29, to spend time thinking about what happened when she was 8. "It manipulates a man real good," Dr. Laura says, and that's what Jamie's doing to her husband with all her whining about being molested. She convinces Jamie that she's mad at her husband and is using this whole molestation thing to punish him. When Jamie explains that she wants her husband to hold her more, Dr. Laura says, "You're emasculating your husband so he'll be a father, because you don't have sex with your father." She has a solution: "Tonight, you're gonna seduce your husband, and you're gonna have a damn good time."
Turns out that isn't the way trained professionals handle that problem: