Gloria Steinham blames Hillary Clinton’s high disapproval numbers on the fact that she’s a woman.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the 82-year-old feminist icon explained that people are trained from childhood to see women as “emotional, overwhelming,” and “perhaps inappropriate to public life, not rational enough” and that’s why Clinton is struggling. (RELATED: Gloria Steinem Regrets Saying Female Bernie Supporters Just Trolling for ‘Boys’)
“The fact that she and Bill Clinton have been in public life for a very long time means that they are not as likely to benefit from unrealistic expectations,” Steinem said. “But I think there are other deep reasons. For instance, as children, most of us are raised by women, so we may tend to associate female authority with childhood.” (RELATED: Feminists OUTRAGED After Lands’ End Apologizes For Featuring Abortionist In Family Store’s Catalog)
“We see it as emotional, overwhelming, perhaps inappropriate to public life, not rational enough,” she added. “You can see that in some of the media coverage from otherwise mature, grown-up men, who are saying things like, ‘I cross my legs whenever I see her, she reminds me of my first wife asking for alimony.'”
“They are responding to the last time they saw a powerful woman,” she continued. “They feel unmanned. I don’t think it’s conscious, but I think it’s present.”
“It’s not going to be easy. It’s a very big change.”
Steinem is also standing by the fact that her statement that woman supported Bernie Sanders because they were looking for boyfriends was misunderstood.
“I was interrupted mid-sentence,” she said. “I wasn’t talking about dates. I was talking about power.”
“I had just talked about the massive college debt and that women will get a million dollars less over their lifetime to pay it back,” she added. “So I was on my way to saying when you’re young you think that power is where the men are. It wasn’t about dates.”