The asinine, ridiculous, offensive, and flat out stupid comments by Gloria Steinem that young women only like Bernie Sanders to be close to or impress young men reminds of why I have NEVER been a fan of Gloria Steinem in any way.
For one, Gloria Steinem represents an upper middle class wealthy Manhattanite’s view of feminism – Less concerned about pocket book issues, equal pay for equal work, the glass ceiling and more concerned with esoteric gender issues and private sexual matters (although she is anti-pornography and I would say anti-first amendment). Who and how many times you sleep with someone is not a movement for social justice. This playing down of economic concerns in favor of the decadence of NY and Hollywood liberals is a large factor I believe in why women deserted the Democratic Party to vote for Nixon and in the 1980’s even more so Reagan and George Bush the first.
But even worse is Gloria Steinem’s past as a CIA agent….You think I jest? Steinem herself has acknowledged that from the late 1950’s after finishing college to the early mid 60’s she worked for the Independent Research Service a CIA front group. Her job was to attend youth group convention/meetings in Europe (as well as get other young people to attend) and do three things 1.) Convince or recruit young people away from Marxism/socialism/anti-imperialism 2.) Spread disinformation 3.) Rat out those American students who attended.
That’s right, Gloria Steinem was an informer for the US government.
When she stopped working for the CIA is a matter of contention. A number of her fellow feminist leaders publicly criticized Steinem from moving away from blue collar working people issues which affect everyone to boutique wedge concerns and many of them have publicly accused of her(including Carol Hanisch, Kathie Sarachild, and the Red Stockings Group) of deliberately sabotaging the feminist movement in America as a CIA operation the way the FBI used paid moles to try to hurt the civil rights movement.
Steinem’s personal life is very interesting. A lot of her relationships with men have been with right wingers. She dated Henry Kissinger for awhile and had a long relationship with a man named J Stanley Pottinger who was an Assistant Attorney General in the Nixon Administration and is credited with stopping further investigation into both MLK’s assassination and the Washington assassination of ex- Chilean foreign minister Orlando Letier by the Pinochet government (A hit sanctioned by the CIA). He was also implicated in the IranContra scandal in the 80's. All of that is very curious.
Watching the ex-CIA operative Steinem at a Hillary Clinton rally side by side with Madeline Albright, foot soldier for the Israeli stranglehold on American politics and architect for the Iraq sanctions of the 90’s that led to the malnutrition and deaths of thousands of Iraqi children just makes me laugh at American liberalism which for years has either treated great men like Ralph Nader with condescension or outright attacked them while playing up pill popping degenerate Neo Con supply siders like JFK.