After her comments on Bill Maher recently, many women are looking at the feminist icon, Gloria Steinem, just a little differently. Gloria intimated on the talk show that the majority of “young” women, that is women under 45, who support Bernie Sanders instead of Hillary Clinton, are doing so because they are seeking male attention.
Sixty-four percent of women under the age of 45 support Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, because young feminists are not only looking for a candidate with a vagina, nor do they vote with their vaginas. However, when pressed by Bill Maher on the question as to WHY the most feminist generation of women ever doesn’t seem to be flocking to stand wtih Hillary, she didn’t say anything about his stronger stance on many of the issues they find important.
She said, in part:
Women get more radical as we get older. Men tend to get more conservative because they gain power as they age, and women get more radical because they lose power as they age… When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie.
The sorry statement and its anti-feminist overtones drew plenty much-deserved media backlash.
Steinem does seem to have caught on that what she said was really, really inappropriate, though her apology leaves a lot to be desired.
Sunday, on Facebook, Steinem wrote:
In a case of talk-show Interruptus, I misspoke on the Bill Maher show recently, and apologize for what’s been misinterpreted as implying young women aren’t serious in their politics. What I had just said on the same show was the opposite: young women are active, mad as hell about what’s happening to them, graduating in debt, but averaging a million dollars less over their lifetimes to pay it back. Whether they gravitate to Bernie or Hillary, young women are activist and feminist in greater numbers than ever before.
It seems that her “apology” is that either she misspoke, or we misinterpreted… but either way feminism is not dead. Sorry, but it is hard to misinterpret a comment like hers. Though she acknowledged misspeaking, she still did not offer an alternative to the foolish claim that the reason that Sanders has 65 percent of the female vote in New Hampshire is that they are looking for the boys. Young women are capable of voting based on far more than a candidate’s genitalia, and what we are seeing in New Hampshire is just that, women getting very serious in their politics.
It would have been nice to see a more thorough and well thought out apology to the masses of women that Steinem put down in New Hampshire and across the country, but least she tried.
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