A 1972 essay written by socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) expressed his views on human sexuality in which he claimed that women fantasize about being gang-raped and men fantasize about sexually abusing women.
The article “Man — and Woman,” came to light after Mother Jones published it during the 2016 presidential election before Sanders started to gain significant momentum in the race.
Sanders’ piece was originally published in the Vermont Freeman and was a reflection on his views of gender and sexuality, the Washington Examiner reported.
The first two-paragraphs in Sanders’ article drew the most controversy:
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 three men simultaneously.
Sanders was 31 years old at the time he wrote the essay and had just launched his first campaign for Senate, which proved to be the first of several losing campaigns before he became mayor of Burlington nine years later.
Bernie Sanders 1972 essay:
“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.”
A sitting US Senator thinks these things. pic.twitter.com/WyxY9CFFwu
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 26, 2017