A new topic has been making the rounds in the main-stream media in regards to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders: an essay he wrote in the 1970’s that talks about rape fantasies.
The essay appeared in the alternative newspaper the Vermont Freeman. Sanders was age 31 at the time.
The Democratic candidate said on a Sunday talk show that it was simply an attempt to address power dynamics – much like the erotic novel “50 Shades of Grey.”
“This is a piece of fiction that I wrote in 1972, I think,” the Vermont senator told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Could Mr. Sanders’ political enemies use the old essay against him?
“That was 43 years ago. It was very poorly written and if you read it, what it was dealing with was gender stereotypes, why some men like to oppress women, why other women like to be submissive, you know, something like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’” he elaborated.
Mother Jones Magazine unearthed the article last week. Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs called it a “dumb attempt at dark satire in an alternative publication.”