RUSH: Here’s Steve in Socorro, New Mexico. It’s great to have you on the program, sir. Welcome.
CALLER: Thanks, Rush: 24/7 Land of Enchantment, gender-neutral dittos.
RUSH: (laughing) “The Land of Enchantment, gender-neutral dittos.” Great to have you here.
CALLER: It’s a real privilege to be on here. People don’t realize how tough it is to get on here. I was just thinking, if there’s no difference in the genders and it’s just a social construct — which we’ve been told — and knowing that there’s going to be issues about how to handle transgenders, why don’t we go ahead and take advantage of this and just eliminate sex-segregated sports. You know, like, why do we have the WNBA? Why don’t we just have the NBA? Why do we need the LPGA? Let’s just get rid of that and let’s just go with gender neutral and then we’ll solve problems. On top of that, the real benefit is the colleges can do it and get rid of all their Title IX issues.
RUSH: Well, ha! Fat chance of that. Title IX is actually about much more than fairness for women in athletics. It’s used as a bludgeon for a number of thing. But I want to make sure I understand this. You want to get rid of gender identity in the sports. Instead of LPGA, we just got the PGA?
RUSH: It has men and women and whoever wins whoever qualifies shows up, men and women, and the same thing in NBA. No WNBA. It’s just the NBA.
RUSH: If any of the babes in the WNBA can qualify to play the Cleveland Cavaliers, then they play for ’em. If they don’t, they don’t. Is that your idea?
CALLER: Yeah, that’s the idea. That’s equality, and that’s what we’re shooting for, right?
RUSH: No! No, because what that would point out… What do you think the end result-of-that would be?
RUSH See, that’s actually a plot that evil Republicans and conservatives would hatch.
CALLER: Well, everything’s about equality now, and to me that’s the essence.
RUSH: Yeah. Yeah.
CALLER: You know, even in marriage we have equality.
RUSH: That’s exactly right, and what your plan would do would illustrate and manifest total inequality because not a single woman would qualify to do anything.
CALLER: But I thought it was just a “social construct,” these differences between men and women.
RUSH: Well, the social construct is going to have consequence. If you get rid of the WNBA and you say to the women in that league, “If you want to play basketball, you gotta find a way to sign a contract with an NBA team,” the odds of that happening are nil. The LPGA, there might be a couple of women’s golfers who could make the PGA, but, I mean, it would be the end of women’s sports. It’d be the ultimate discriminatory thing to do.
CALLER: But —
RUSH: Your idea is that gender neutral is equality. (chuckles) But it would once again illustrate the vast inequality when it comes to athletic and sports endeavors.
CALLER: Well, but again, I thought the whole issue that the left really wants to push is that there’s no differences between men and women. You know, women can do anything a man can do. You know, “Anything you can do, I can do better.” So, you know, if men happen to be better at sports, well, more power to ’em.
CALLER: Should be —
RUSH: No, no. See, that’s where it breaks down. That’s where you are misunderstanding the purpose of gender neutrality and equality. The whole point of all this is to be able — not just in sports and everything, but in virtually everything — to allow the underachieved, the under-accomplished, the unequal, the not-as-good to infiltrate/participate in/take over all of these institutions dominated by the best.
CALLER: Well, you know, again —
RUSH: I know you think I don’t get what you’re talking about.
RUSH: But I do, and I’m two steps ahead of you here.
RUSH: I’m imagining your idea put into play, and what it would result in, and it would result in the women — the NAGs and all of that — just going absolutely batty.
CALLER: Well, Rush, that’s really my point. The whole thing is if they really want gender neutrality, then that’s not what they want. I mean, that’s exactly what they don’t want, and they give all these words.
CALLER: You said a while ago, “We lost the language,” and I think that’s absolutely true. You know, things like equality. “Marriage equality.” It’s not “marriage equality.” It’s marriage redefinition.
CALLER: So I think that is a real key. We’ve allowed the left call us “homophobes.” A “phobia” is an irrational fear. Well, I don’t agree with homosexuality, but I don’t have irrational fear of homosexuals. So I think that’s a huge point that we on the right need to make and we need to start standing stand up and defending ourselves. And, of course, you’re the main voice that does that on the right, the Big Voice on the Right.
RUSH: Yeah, and people see what happens to me, and they don’t want any part of it. So they’re just content to live behind a gate.
CALLER: Rush, I’ve had a little experience with that, too. I wrote some letters to the editor and different things a while back. The vileness that you get and the attacks you get and, of course, you’re a homophobe if you disagree. There was a guy last night, you talked about the Duggars and Megyn Kelly, the Robert Zimmerman guy, did you see him on there last night, talking about the Duggars. He called ’em hateful, bigoted, and ignorant. So, you know, essentially anybody who doesn’t agree with the left’s view, you’re a homophobe, you’re hateful, you’re bigoted, or you’re ignorant.
RUSH: That’s right. That’s how they shut you up. It’s practiced, it’s intentional. You talk about gender inequality, or equality and neutrality, try this. I just found out, you know, show prep never stops, even on get-away day. You know, most people on a day like this, most hosts would be phoning it in, just nothing but phone calls and not even half listening to the callers, just going, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, thanks, and next call you’re up,” but I’m here, and I’m engaged, and even during the breaks I’m doing show prep.
You know what I just found? TIME magazine has just published a column on feminism by Miss Piggy. A freaking puppet has a column on feminism in TIME magazine. Now, this creates curiosity, the question. Is it this bad for TIME magazine, has it gotten this bad that in order find an audience, they have to have a pig, lovable, adorable pig, nevertheless a pig puppet, write a column on feminism?
We’ve got a puppet, a pig puppet writing a column on discrimination against women. And it’s not the person who created the puppet, and it’s not the person who plays the puppet. It is actually, TIME wants you to believe that Miss Piggy herself actually wrote this. I’ve often maintained, by the way, that Miss Piggy was actually modeled after a human being, and I think I know which one.
RUSH: See, this is how it happens. Snerdley, he’s not really arguing with me, but he said, “You really think that you take maybe the best players in the WNBA and they couldn’t make it in the NBA?” I said, “There’s no doubt about it.”
I mean, look, there’s always exceptions, but I’m telling you if you take this guy’s suggestion and you get rid of gender oriented leagues and you have the National Basketball Association, the NBA, and it’s made up of the best players, you’re not gonna have — see, you can’t win here. You might have one or two women make a team, and why would that happen? Some owner would think it’s a marketing thing to do it.
Do you know what the big thing happening in the WNBA is? I never heard of the Duggars, but I know this. You know what’s happening in WNBA right now? They can’t get anybody out to watch it. A, they play it in the summertime when everybody’s tired of basketball. The championships, the NBA, are over, here comes the WNBA, people have spent their emotional reservoir on basketball with the NBA championships. Here comes the WNBA, you know what the big push is now? I saw it the other day.
Lower the basket, yeah, because the average height of an NBA player was whatever they said it was, 6’6 or 6’7 and you just can’t expect women to play on the same size court as these men with the basket that high, what is it, 10 feet, can’t expect that. You gotta lower the basket, generate more scoring. You gotta get people out to pay to come watch the games. They’re trying to devise ways to create more scoring, make it look more exciting.
Folks, this is one of those made-to-order of circumstances, put a bag of excrement in front of me, and if honesty is called for I’ll do it and that results in me stepping in the bag. So I’ve got two choices. Just leave it there and not take it any further or tell you the truth about this. And in so doing put myself in the news all next week when I’m not here, which would allow the media to further this whole War on Women thing that the Republicans supposedly perpetuate, so I’m not gonna do it.
I’m just gonna ask you to use your common sense. All we’re doing is bouncing off a caller, he’s trying to make a different point anyway. But because I happened to point out that — can you imagine, give me a position, besides kicker, that you think a woman could survive playing in the NFL. Okay? All right. (itnerruption) Oh, so never in the NFL. Never. 99.9% of men could not survive in the NFL. Those guys are a different breed. You couldn’t put a woman out there in any position. You wouldn’t do it. A compassionate, considerate society would not do this.
That’s why this whole women in combat thing came up and it was much the same kind of thing but different considerations there, having to do with the differences in men and women and humanity and the propagation of the race and so forth. Now, basketball, still a contact sport. What do you think’s gonna happen? Okay, so you find your best WNBA player, whatever, put ’em on the Miami Heat and they’re in Cleveland playing the Cavaliers, what do you think’s gonna happen?
A woman’s driving to the basket and the men are gonna get out of the way. You’re raised not to hit the girl. It wouldn’t work. And if they treated the female player like they treated other male players, then the audience, the crowd would think it’s unfair, start booing. “You didn’t have to do that. You didn’t have to cut her off that way, gee whiz, knocked on her butt, what are do you doing?” All kinds of catcalls would happen.
The LPGA, now, that’s a different ball of wax. The problem there is that if you look at an LPGA tournament they’re not playing 7,200 yards like the men do. The drive is the key there. If you can’t, from a particular set of tees, if you just cannot reach a green in either a par 3 or a par 4 in regulation from the tee box, you’ve got to move up. Well, they’re not gonna move the men up in order to accommodate a couple of women who might make it. One year, what was it, Annika Sorenstam played in the Colonial down in Houston on Ben Hogan’s course. It was a big deal. She got a sponsor exemption.
She played in it one year and she played from the men’s tees, and she made a go of it. I don’t think she made the cut, but everybody was pulling for her. But there was no equality there. Everybody was pulling for her, they were hoping. But golf, nobody could get in her way. I mean, you’re not playing anybody but the course in golf. So that may be a little different. But contact sports is just… it’s not.
Anyway, the point that he was making was this is what you’re gonna have. If there’s no difference in men and women, then throw ’em out there together and see what happens. Well, if you threw ’em out there together when there’s no difference in gender, we’re all considered to be the same, not different from each other, and if everything’s merit based, well, sorry. I’m gonna stop there, folks, if I keep going here and dot the I’s and cross the T’s with just common sense honesty, then I’m creating a War on Women problem here. Not worth it.