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Bernie Sanders Wrote Essay on Sex, Rape Fantasies in 1972

Now that Senator Bernie Sanders is running for president, we’re starting to learn a lot more about him (like that time he appeared in a B movie). But an old essay from Sanders posted by Mother Jones this week and picked up by various conservative outlets has been getting some attention for its subject matter, including sexual rape fantasies.

Sanders wrote about sexual dynamics between men and women, speaking of “subservience” and “slavishness,” but it’s how the essay opens that’s getting a lot of attention:

A man goes home and masturbates his typical fantasy. A woman on her knees, a woman tied up, a woman abused.

A woman enjoys intercourse with her man –– as she fantasizes being raped by 3 men simultaneously.

Here’s another selection from the essay:

Men and women –– are both losers. Women adapt themselves to fill the needs of men, and men adapt themselves to fill the needs of women. In the beginning there were strong men who killed the animals and brought home the food –– and the dependent women who cooked it. No more! Only the roles remain –– waiting to be shaken off. There are no “human” oppressors. Oppressors have lost their humanity. On one hand “slavishness,’ on the other hand “pigness.” Six of one, half dozen of the other. Who wins?

Sanders’ essay has had the side effect of spurring on a discussion amongst conservative writers in how to react to this essay. National Review‘s Charles C.W. Cooke said that while it might be tempting to pile on Sanders over this, given how much the liberal media would do the same if it was a Republican writing exactly the same stuff, “I’d much prefer to slam Sanders for his dangerous and ridiculous politics than to delve back into his past and embarrass him with a long-forgotten opinion.” Others have expressed disagreement with that.

UPDATE- 5:45 pm EST: Sanders’ office responded:

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