NATIONAL (VFB) – Feminist icon Gloria Steinem drew sharp criticism Friday when she appeared on the HBO show “Real Time” with Bill Maher and told the host that young women only support Bernie Sanders as a way to get closer to young men.
Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright Scold Young Women Backing Bernie Sanders https://t.co/21d1C0G7is
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 7, 2016
Steinem’s comments were immediately condemned by an online army of female Bernie Sanders supporters who back the Vermont Senator for very different reasons than Steinem suggested. For a short time even, #NotHereForBoys trended on Twitter.
— Moumita Ahmed (@MouBerningluv) February 7, 2016
— Winnie Wong (@WaywardWinifred) February 7, 2016
what about the young single moms who deserve paid family leave and a free education? They are #nothereforboys. They are here for their kids.
— Millennials 4 Bernie (@Bernlennials) February 7, 2016
I'm a 2 tour combat vet, here to vote for taxing big banks and businesses, civil rights, free tuition, universal healthcare. #NotHereForBoys
— sarah leifheit (@fleurdesarah) February 7, 2016
— KatBrezler (@KatBrezler) February 7, 2016
Most would be interested to know, however, that Steinem used to sing a very different tune about Bernie.
In fact, in 1996 the famous feminist traveled to Burlington, VT to endorse him (OVER his female opponent) in what was a tough re-election fight against Republican Susan Sweetser.
Before Steinem, a former state senator told the audience that “a feminist is a person who challenges the power structure of our country” and “Bernie Sanders is that kind of feminist.” When it was Steinem’s turn, she announced: “I’m only here today to make Bernie Sanders an honorary woman.“
Now an online petition is circulating asking Steinem to retract her harmfully sexist language.
— People For Bernie (@People4Bernie) February 7, 2016
Perhaps when the signatures are delivered, someone can ask Steinem what happened between 1996 and now that made her forget why she used to support Bernie Sanders so enthusiastically. Or better yet, why she called him, “An Honorary Woman.”
Tyson Manker is a former combat marine, attorney, college professor, and candidate for State’s Attorney in Morgan County Illinois. He serves as the National Director of Vets for Bernie. Follow him on Twitter @mankerlaw.