Guest blog by Kaitlin McKinney
Can you believe it’s 2016 and we’re still dealing with pervasive, commonplace sexism? It seems like every day there’s another incident where some celebrity says something completely ignorant in regards to what women deal with on a daily basis. And somehow, the comments keep piling up! It’s like everyone is trying to hate more people than the next person, and don’t actually bother to learn anything about the people they denigrate. Which brings me to the purpose of this post: I don’t know who this Gloria Steinem lady is, but she obviously hates women.
In case you haven’t heard about the awful, regressive thing this woman said, let me give you some context. Ms. Steinem did an interview on Bill Maher [I don’t why she was invited, I can’t imagine she’s done anything worthy of being on HBO’s fantastic flagship intellectual show], and he asked her why it was that so many young women seemed to be supporting Bernie Sanders, a man, and not Hillary Clinton, a woman, in the Democratic primary. She responded, and I quote, “When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie.”
I know. Let that sink in for a minute.
Thank God Bill Maher was there though and immediately called her on it. He said that if he had said that, she would call him a sexist. She denied that she would do this and was about to say something about boys when, thankfully, Bill interrupted her and stopped her from making any more anti-woman comments. And then she had the gall to ask him “How well do you know me?”
Here’s the thing, Gloria: I don’t know you, and I don’t want to, either.
Can you even imagine making such a gendered comment? To imply that young women would go to political rallies because young men are there? How could an 80-something-year-old say something so outlandish about our nation’s youths? It’s like she has no idea what women go through in our country. If only she would open up a history book she might learn something about the systemic oppression women have had to deal with throughout history. Thankfully, women have made a lot of progress over the past fifty years due to the hard work of devoted activists who have spent their whole lives dedicated to the cause of equality. I think Ms. Steinem could learn a thing or two from them, because she clearly still hasn’t caught on.
Some people have asked me “Who does Gloria Steinem think she is?” And I prefer to ask, why should anyone care? Because someone who would say something like that, who could be so blatantly unaware of the treatment women receive in our society, and of all the fights women have fought to get where we are now, isn’t the kind of a person I want to know. The only people I respect and admire are people who believe in equality, in other words, FEMINISTS (Yeah, say it out loud), and obviously, Gloria Steinem isn’t one of those.
I just hope before she leaves this world [and she looks pretty old so it’s probably gonna be soon] that she can do something to make up for the egregious harm she has done to women with her thoughtless comment. Women need other women to support them, Gloria. Maybe when you learn that lesson you’ll be somebody worth knowing for more than just a quick soundbite.
Kaitlin McKinney is a blogger, editor, producer and social media director for EqualityWomanYouthActionNetworkSpaceWebSiteDotCom.com.com.
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