Recently I wrote about a college’s attempts to bring back segregation. The contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders has brought about a return to sexism.
As everyone knows, a woman is running for president. This is not the first time we have seen a woman wielding power. She ran in 2008. We have seen women as secretary state and speaker of the house. Women have twice been on a presidential ticket. This is 2016 and gender should not be a factor for or against a candidate.
A pair of Clinton supporters have added to the controversy. Madeline Albright said “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other”. Women (and men) should vote for whomever they think will be the best president. Gloria Steinem insulted young women by saying they support Sanders because “that’s where the boys are”. Imagine the outrage if a man said that.
We have seen even uglier sexism from some Sanders supporters, the so-called Bernie Bros. Many have attacked Clinton and her supporters using disgusting anti-female language. Sanders has rightly denounced these tactics.
The world has changed dramatically over the last 40-50 years. Assuming that women should make choices solely based on genitalia or that it’s OK to behave like Mad Men has no place in the modern world.