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Susan Sarandon a #BernieBro? ‘I Don’t Vote With My Vagina’

There sure is a lot of anatomical chatter going on at Team Bernie these days, even after Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) denounced the vagina-obsessed so-called “Bernie Bros” who have been giving his supporters a bad name online. Different in tone, but similar in nomenclature, are the likes of Killer Mike, who earlier this week quoted activist Jane Elliott as having said “a uterus doesn’t qualify you to be president,” and actress Susan Sarandon, who tweeted this evocative disclaimer:

That’s a relief, I hear that sort of thing is hell on touch-screens.

Sanders supporters reason that comments such as these aren’t offensive because they were made by women, and also because they were made in response to offensive suggestions by Hillary Clinton supporters; Gloria Steinem said that young women support Sanders because “the boys are with Bernie,” and Madeleine Albright said there’s a “special place in Hell” for women who don’t support other women.

Offense is, of course, in the eye of the beholder, but there are many more substantive ways in which women are different from men than simply their reproductive organs. Just as Sarandon doesn’t like being “shamed” for supporting a man, I’m sure Hillary Clinton supporters who relish the thought of a historic presidency don’t appreciate being accused of performing the equivalent of an electoral kegel exercise. Maybe we should just keep this above the belt, and even above the neck.

This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

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