Bernie Sanders has found himself in a mini-controversy of late after an essay he wrote on gender stereotypes in 1972 was unearthed by the media.
In the essay, the presidential hopeful pontificates about how some women have gang rape fantasies. It is a puzzling piece of work, and this much Sanders is willing to admit.
On a Meet the Press appearance Sunday, he just came out and called it a “very poorly written piece of fiction” from over 40 years ago.
“It was dealing with gender stereotypes,” he explained, “why some men like to oppress women, why other women like to be submissive. You know, something like Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Here’s the controversial excerpt in question.
“A man goes home and masturbates his typical fantasy. A woman on her knees, a woman tied up, a woman abused.
“A woman enjoys intercourse with her man — as she fantasizes being raped by 3 men simultaneously.”
Some critics feel that the essay could really injure Bernie Sanders’ ability to capture the female vote, especially going up against Hillary Clinton.
But supporters aren’t so sure. They point to an episode in Clinton’s past that many feel is far more troubling than a few words on a page.
When Clinton was a young attorney, she reportedly used a “blame the victim” defense for a then-41-year-old rapist she later said that she knew was guilty.
The original reporting was done by a conservative news site known as the Free Beacon, but it referenced actual Hillary Clinton interviews from an archive in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
From the piece.
“In a July 28, 1975, court affidavit, Clinton wrote that she had been informed the young girl was ’emotionally unstable’ and had a ‘tendency to seek out older men and engage in fantasizing.’
“‘I have also been told by an expert in child psychology that children in early adolescence tend to exaggerate or romanticize sexual experiences and that adolescents in disorganized families, such as the complainant’s, are even more prone to exaggerate behavior,’ Clinton said.
“Clinton said the child had ‘in the past made false accusations about persons, claiming they had attacked her body” and that the girl “exhibits an unusual stubbornness and temper when she does not get her way.”
Given this back story on Mrs. Clinton, Bernie Sanders supporters are confident that Sanders’ essay will not have much of an effect in the Democratic primary. But what do you think, readers?
Is Bernie Sanders a strong enough candidate to endure this controversy and defeat Hillary Clinton?
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