Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders seems to be extremely popular among millennial voters compared to his rival Hillary Clinton, who appears to mostly appeal to older generations.
Apparently, the reason young voters — or the women, to be precise — gravitate toward the Vermont senator has nothing to do with his policies and campaign ideas. As Gloria Steinem, a feminist activist and author, puts it, girls support Sanders because “that’s where the boys are.”
Her statement came when "Real Time" host Bill Maher asked why Clinton isn't doing better with young women.
“They're going to get more activist as they get older," Steinem said. "And when you're young, you're thinking, 'Where are the boys?' The boys are with Bernie."
However, as soon as she began receiving backlash from young female voters for her rather sexist statement, Steinem took to Facebook to clarify herself.
"Whether they gravitate to Bernie or Hillary, young women are activist and feminist in greater numbers than ever before," Steinem said, adding her words were “misinterpreted.”
"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," Steinem wrote on social media.
It is rather surprising that a woman who identifies as a feminist and political activist could have made a sweeping and sexist statement about female voters. Her words were rather transparent, and the Facebook post issued in clarification was simply a cover up for her offensive sentiments.
Here’s what the Internet users had to say:
So was #GloriaSteinmen feminist act all a scam to seduce men? Not only backwards, but disgusting coming from an icon. Not a good reason— Jaclyn Wishnia (@MzzWish) February 6, 2016