If Gloria Steinem had integrity at all, she would have greeted the criticism over her undoubtedly accurate remarks about young women and politics by saying, “Oh, please. Isn’t feminism past the stage of treating reality like heresy yet?”
Steinem was discussing Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sanders. When Maher noted the Vermont senator’s popularity with young women, Steinem responded with her theory that women get more “radical” as they get older.
“When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie,” she said. “Now if I said that… you’d swat me,” Maher replied,to which the “Ms.” founder insisted, “No, I wouldn’t!”
Of course, she was desperately making excuses for Hillary, who rots everyone she touches. Steinem disgraced herself when she chose to make excuses for Mr. Clinton, reversing her previous support for women who yielded to greater power and succumbed to predatory bosses. When then-President Clinton’s sexual harassment habits finally got him in trouble, Steinem denied that it was harassment at all. On Maher’s show, her intent was to avoid saying that young women quite appropriately reject the cynical feminism of Hillary, who now claims to champion the cause of victims of sexual assault while she knowing rode the coattails of one to power. Once again facing the dilemma of having to choose between her alleged beliefs and a Clinton, she again threw women under the bus, though this time, she had some truth on her side: yes, there are times in most normal young women’s lives that boys are more important than politics. What a shocking revelation. And now, a musical interlude…
Where was I?
Oh, right, Gloria…
So not being able to give the real reason a lot of women are supporting Bernie, silly as he is, rather than lying, tired, fake-feminist Hillary, and somehow extracting herself from the politically incorrect observation in radical feminist circles that girls like boys, Steinem spun a sort-of apology of stunning mendacity:
“In a case of talk-show Interruptus, I misspoke on the Bill Maher show recently, and apologize for what’s been misinterpreted as implying young women aren’t serious in their politics. What I had just said on the same show was the opposite: young women are active, mad as hell about what’s happening to them, graduating in debt, but averaging a million dollars less over their lifetimes to pay it back. Whether they gravitate to Bernie or Hillary, young women are activist and feminist in greater numbers than ever before.”
Let’s unpack this monstrosity, shall we?
“In a case of talk-show interruptus,”
What is that supposed to mean? It alludes to coitus interruptus, I get that, but what does making a statement on a talk show that lets you say anything you want to have to do with a couple being interrupted in the middle of having sex? Steinem wrote this, it wasn’t just a botched spoken flourish. Whatever it is, it’s incoherent.
“I misspoke on the Bill Maher show recently…”
A lie. She didn’t misspeak. She said exactly what she intended and meant. We know that because she doubled down when Maher suggested that she would call him a sexist for saying the same thing.
“…and apologize for what’s been misinterpreted as implying young women aren’t serious in their politics.”
Got that? It’s the fault of everyone else who misinterpreted her! “When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie” really means…wait, what else could it possibly mean other than that young women tend to place boys higher on their priority list than choosing a lying sexual assault-enabler and influence peddling Wall Street crony over a sincerely deluded Eugene V. Debs wannabe?
Nothing, that’s what else.
“What I had just said on the same show was the opposite…”
It wasn’t “the opposite.” Young women can still be interested in politics and be more interested in sex. I have always been passionate about baseball. That doesn’t mean that baseball hasn’t had to yield to higher priorities from time to time.
“…young women are active, mad as hell about what’s happening to them, graduating in debt, but averaging a million dollars less over their lifetimes to pay it back.”
“Look! A puppy!” To suck up to the young women choosing to be offended by Steinem acknowledging facts of human nature and sexuality, Steinem is changing the subject, pointing away from the issue, and for good measure, making a dishonest, but popular, argument about the women’s income “gap.” All studies show that women on average earn less money primarily because they work fewer years, fewer hours, and enter different fields. A female lawyer who joins a firm and works in the same practice area as a male attorney for the same number of years in succession will not earn a million dollars less than her male counterpart, or anything close. If, however, she chooses family law (as more women do), and he chooses corporate litigation (as more men do), then the earnings differential will be significant. That woman will have nothing whatsoever to be “mad as hell about.” That was a choice. Gloria’s pro-choice, I hear.
“Whether they gravitate to Bernie or Hillary, young women are activist and feminist in greater numbers than ever before.”
Wait, wasn’t the question why they were gravitating to Bernie?
On the Apology Scale, this was a #9:
9. Deceitful apologies, in which the wording of the apology is crafted to appear apologetic when it is not (“if my words offended, I am sorry”). Another variation: apologizing for a tangential matter other than the act or words that warranted an apology.