Gloria Steinem has made it clear: not all women are created equal. In her view, liberal chicks who support Hillary Clinton are slightly better than those that don’t.
In an interview on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” on Friday, Steinem dismissed the many female Bernie Sanders supporters, saying they are not drawn to the candidate himself, but rather the young men who attend his rallies. “When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie,’” she said. It was an incredibly condescending comment to make to young women who choose to be politically active, especially when so many millennials are apolitical.
Maher responded with surprise to her comment. “Now if I said that, ‘Yeah, they’re for Bernie because that’s where the boys are,’ you’d slap me,” he said. Steinem then retorted, “No, I wouldn’t.”
After much feminist outrage was directed her way, Steinem later apologized, but it is clear her comment was not without forethought. It was not a careless observation, but rather a deep-seeded opinion that fits into a larger narrative that Hillary Clinton is entitled to the Democratic nomination for President, and everyone should fall in line. Madeleine Albright has pushed this agenda as well, insisting there is a “special place in hell” for women who don’t support the political aspirations of other women, a not-so-subtle insistence of loyalty to Hillary.
As election results in Iowa and New Hampshire have shown, however, young female voters aren’t falling for the rhetoric.