Rachel Maddow has said Rick Santorum's and Michele Bachmann's attacks on the gay community make them look ridiculous.

The 38-year-old Maddow appeared Wednesday on Sirius XM's The Howard Stern Show to pitch her new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power.

Maddow, the host of MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, refused to answer when host Howard Stern asked her whether she had ever had “insertion from a man.”

“I'm never going to tell you that,” Maddow answered with a laugh.

“But you never tried it, I feel,” Stern said. “A lesbian who has never had a man is called … You're a gold star lesbian.”

“I love it that you're just intuiting this. Like you're just getting this from my vibe.”

“I am,” Stern replied. “I feel you're pure.”

Later Stern asked: “Doesn't it anger you when you see guys like Rick Santorum so happy to bash gays and gay marriage, talk about how they're sinning? In this day and age, don't you find this remarkable that this asshole is running around the country encouraging people to feel shitty about themselves, and Michele Bachmann is running around with her husband saying, 'We've got to convert gay people.'”

“The comfort that I take in that is that they look ridiculous,” Maddow answered. “They really look like … they look like a living embarrassing artifact of a way that people used to think.”