Talk-radio giant Rush Limbaugh blasted a North Carolina newspaper for insisting every woman and girl in America just needs to get over their fear of seeing male genitalia in their bathrooms and locker rooms.
On Wednesday, the Charlotte Observer ran an editorial suggesting girls try “overcoming discomfort” of seeing the male body parts in restrooms once transgender bathroom laws are enacted.
The paper also compared the discomfort school-aged girls feel when they see male genitalia in their locker rooms to the discomfort of white people accepting the presence of black people in post-segregation America.
“This is what the Obama administration nudged the rest of the country toward Friday,” the Charlotte Observer editorial said. “Yes, the thought of male genitalia in girls’ locker rooms – and vice versa – might be distressing to some. But the battle for equality has always been about overcoming discomfort – with blacks sharing facilities, with gays sharing marriage – then realizing it was not nearly so awful as some people imagined.”
The Observer also claimed the idea that transgender bathroom laws threaten the privacy of women and children is “political fiction” concocted by Republicans.
But Limbaugh reacted to the Observer’s editorial by shredding the paper.
“This is the same publication that probably backed up everything Rolling Stone lied about on ‘the rape culture’ all over campuses in this country. ‘What happens when a biological male who identifies as a female uses the women’s restroom?’ Well, for one thing, it’s really weird.”
Limbaugh continued, “So you young women – you girls and adult women – who are being told every day by people like the Charlotte Observer that you are likely to be raped on any American college campus you choose, are now being told, ‘Get over your fear of the male genitalia if you happen to spot it in a bathroom. Yes, it might provide some discomfort, but just like African-Americans had to deal with being segregated, you can get over it, too.'”
“So now women and their fear, in the words of Charlotte Observer, of the male genitalia and being advised, just get over it. Has anybody ever told African-Americans, ‘Hey, you know what? Slavery? Get over it.’ Anybody ever said that? I don’t believe so. I don’t. Has anybody said to African-Americans, ‘Just get over it?'”
Limbaugh then asked why “99.9% of the population” should be forced to accommodate the preferences of “one-tenth of 1 percent of the population.”
“Do you ever ask yourself why in the world and who in the world decided to pick up an issue that affects one-tenth of 1 percent of the population and make it a cause celebre and make it a dominating cultural issue and make it an issue that they use to illustrate how, in their minds, America sucks, America discriminates, America’s unfair, America is prejudice, America is biased? Because one-tenth of 1 percent of the population of men or women who think they’re the other want to use a bathroom of their choice one day? You ever ask why we have to stop everything we’re doing and turn this into the equivalent of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?”
Limbaugh said the whole issue isn’t about what happens in bathrooms, and it’s not about transgenders, either.
“That’s why everybody’s so upset,” he said. “Everybody knows this is just yet another vehicle that extreme liberals are using to undermine and overthrow and transform the founding culture of the United States. That’s what this is. It’s not civil rights. People aren’t going to bat for one-tenth of 1 percent of the population here from a civil rights standpoint. This is called blowing up centuries of tradition. The same thing with gay marriage.”
Then why is the issue of transgender bathroom usage being billed as a civil rights issue?
“It’s disguised as being a civil rights issue to grease the skids of passage,” Limbaugh explained. “It’s disguised as a civil rights issue to intimidate people into silencing their opposition to it. … What’s political fiction is that all of a sudden a bunch of transgenders are feeling really, really put upon – and really, really discriminated against – over bathroom usage. That’s the manufactured fiction. That’s the created drama. That is the narrative, if you will. That’s the soap opera script for the day, for the week, for the month. All people in North Carolina are doing is reacting to it!
“Everybody was minding their own business and there wasn’t one bit of a problem until you guys at the Charlotte Observer came along – and, of course, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Everything was fine until you decided to gum up the works. What do you expect, people just to lay down and accept this stuff? Of course they’re gonna react and they’re gonna act, but we get positioned as somehow these on-the-march, anti-freedom people. We’re minding our own business trying to lead our lives the best we know how, and every day we wake up and find that we’re under assault.”
Then Limbaugh referenced a story on the website EveryDayFeminism.com called, “My period and me: A trans guy’s guide to menstruation.”
“You know, some time back in the early nineties we got a call from a guy who claimed to be a male lesbian, and we just cracked up,” he said. “We thought that was the funniest thing, a male lesbian. He started explaining to us what that was. We are so far beyond that now. A male lesbian seems halfway normal.”