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Claire Shipman Discovers Men and Women are Different!

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RUSH: Claire Shipman, Claire Shipman made famous -- well, she was famous before, but made even more famous by that ditzy Washingtonian magazine piece which we showed you the pictures on Monday.  She has a new book out.  That's really what the purpose of the story was.  She's got a new book out, and it's called "The Confidence Code: the Science and Art of Self-Assurance -- What Women Should Know."  And this kind of goes to another point of mine.  You know, nobody has ever gotten rich writing books on how to fail because everybody knows how to do that.  But people who have written books on how to succeed make millions. 

People that write books on how to think positively make millions.  Failing is easy.  It doesn't take any effort at all.  Succeeding is a different matter.  So Claire Shipman wants to get in on this now.  "The Confidence Code: the Science and Art of Self-Assurance -- What Women Should Know."  She was on with Megyn Kelly last night on The Kelly File on the Fox News Channel.  And Megyn Kelly said, without tears, Megyn Kelly does not cry.  In fact, Megyn Kelly, remember that story about 40% of breadwinners in America are now women, family breadwinners were women? 

So she had Erick Erickson of Fox and I think Lou Dobbs on, and they were lamenting -- I think it was Dobbs.  It was Erick Erickson, it might have been -- anyway, it was two guys on and they were lamenting how that was horrible for the culture.  And she said (paraphrasing), "Well, now, wait just a second.  Who the hell died and made you dominant?  Who says that men have to be the breadwinners?  Why can't women?"  Oh, that was, as they say, good television.  So, anyway, here's Megan talking to Claire Shipman about confidence and what women need to know about it.  And Kelly said, "We need confidence -- we women, we babes -- but we don't have it, most women don't have confidence.  Why?"

SHIPMAN:  A lot of reasons.  Some of them, we were surprised to find, biological.  Yes, it's controversial, but we did find that there are some differences in the way men and women think.

RUSH:  Stop --

SHIPMAN:  Testosterone matters.

RUSH:  -- the tape.  You're kidding?  Claire Shipman has discovered that men and women are different, and she's written a book about it!  Men have testosterone, damn it.  Here, play the rest of it, 'cause we're getting close on time.

SHIPMAN:  -- because testosterone really drives risk-taking.  We're built differently.  There are a lot of great things that women bring to the table.  There's a reason why women help the bottom line of companies when we're there, but we need to get better at risk-taking.  We need to get better at failure.  And this is what we found.

RUSH:  We need to get better at failure.  It's like Joe Biden.  "It was worth it."  Okay, look, I have to take a break.  Probably a good thing, actually, that I don't have time.

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RUSH: I want to go back to this Claire Shipman sound bite with Megyn Kelly last night on the Fox News Channel.  Claire Shipman has a new book called "The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance -- What Women Should Know."  And Megyn Kelly said, "We," speaking for the sisterhood, "We need confidence, but we don't have it."  Now, Megyn has it.  She's speaking of sisterhood there.  She's accepting the premise of Shipman's book that there's a confidence gap. There's a confidence gap between men and women, something Obama's going to have to address, by the way.  And most people don't have confidence, and Kelly asked Claire Shipman why.

SHIPMAN:  A lot of reasons.  Some of them, we were surprised to find, biological.  Yes, it's controversial, but we did find that there are some differences in the way men and women think.

RUSH:  Really?

SHIPMAN:  Testosterone matters because --

RUSH:  Really?

SHIPMAN:  -- testosterone really drives risk-taking.

RUSH:  Really?

SHIPMAN:  We're built differently.  There are a lot of great things --

RUSH:  Really?

SHIPMAN:  -- that women bring to the table.  There's a reason why women help the bottom line of companies when we're there, but we need to get better at risk-taking.  We need to get better at failure, and this is what we found.

RUSH:  I am constantly amazed, I guess I shouldn't be, but I'm constantly amazed that liberals are amazed when they find out that men and women are different.  Because what must you think before that? If you discover that men and women are different, what must you believe?  That we're the same?  And if you believe that, why do you believe that?  Who in the world would believe that men and women are the same?  Hello, feminism. Hello, militant feminism. Hello, liberalism. Hello, this effort that the left is making that everybody's the same and that everybody's equal, and that we can devise command-and-control central policies that will treat and affect everybody the same. 

And that is the hubris and the arrogance of liberalism.  Essentially they don't believe in individuality, and they certainly don't believe in rugged individualism and individuality.  Everybody is the same.  And then they come along and they discover, like TIME Magazine, you've heard this riff, TIME Magazine in 1995 did a cover story on their discovery that boys and girls are born different.  And so here now is Claire Shipman discovering that we were surprised to find biological differences.  Why in the world would you be surprised at biological differences in men and women? 

Seriously, folks, when digging deep to understand these people, which I have done, there's some things that just boggle the mind.  And then (imitating Shipman), "Yes, it's controversial to believe that men and women are different.  But we found there are some differences in the way men and women think, and we know it's controversial to say that."  Why is it controversial to say that men and women think differently?  Everybody who's ever been in a relationship knows it. 

What must be the foundational belief going into this that she believed?  I mean, what's the difference in having a little boy, little girl, if you're a parent, why does it matter, if everybody's the same? If there's no difference in men and women, what does it matter, if they're all the same.  "Testosterone matters, 'cause testosterone drives risk-taking."  We're built differently.  All of this is controversial.  All of this is surprising.  So now we've got a confidence gap and women need to learn how to fail better.  I understand what she means by that.  Well, I think I do.  I think what she's saying is that when women fail it crushes them, and they give up and don't try again. 

She said we need to get better at failing, and I'm assuming, benefit of the doubt, she means we need to get better at learning from it.  I don't think she means women need to get good at it.  She can't possibly think that.  Biden would say that, but she wouldn't.  She's obviously thinking they need to learn from it better, and so there's a confidence gap out there. 

And I guarantee you, if Obama could turn this into some kind of an election issue or turn this into the War on Women, why is there a confidence gap, is it men's fault the way they treat women?  Don't put it past him.  I don't know, folks.  It just continues to boggle my mind, some of the things that they grow up believing and acting on and devising policies to deal with, just boggles the mind.  

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