Your vote belongs to you
Then I learned that his 1972 piece recently reproduced in Mother Jones was "an attempted critique of heteronormativity — a clumsy and weird-as-hell attempted critique of heteronormativity," and apparently no big deal. Uh, okay?
Because, you know, if you're going to characterize it as such, maybe the best way to support your thesis is NOT to then directly quote three graphic passages referring to a man's fantasy of violently abusing a woman, of a woman's alleged fantasies about rape, and the rape of 12-year-olds (both of the latter by multiple offenders).
That is not just some "clumsy" and "weird" shit. That's some horrific rape culture. Also: Sanders' critics are not made up solely of right wing concern trolls. (Ahem.) Nor does saying and doing good things for women magically erase the harm of those attitudes and that language.
But pretending these things are in fact true is certainly a great way to tell those hysterical, humorless feminists to just STFU!
If the revelation that 43 years ago Sanders wrote a horrible screed is sufficient to disregard a lifetime of standing up or ordinary people, fine. If you feel that the only a woman president will stand up to rape culture, fine, your vote belongs to you.
Speaking only for myself, the way I judge a politician is how they use power. Sanders has consistently used his power to advance the interests or ordinary Americans. He has done so more consistently than any pollitican alvie. for me that is reason enough to support him. Others will have to judge for themselves.
I think Sanders is handling this correctly, to point to his long record of supporting women's rights and maintaining his focus on doing something concrete about income inequality. As he continues to rise in the polls the press will grow increasingly hostile. Sanders will have negative press, true and otherwise, relevant and otherwise. The stakes are very high in a Presidential race and the attacks grow with popularity, I hope that Sanders and his team are ready for what is sure to come.