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The reality is I don’t know how I am going to vote, but I would rather not support a man who has a history of pointing out that “women’s issues” are essentially a distraction from more important issues, as Sanders has done in every election prior to this campaign. Bernie Sanders has routinely suggested that female peers who prioritize women’s issues do so at the cost of a larger, “more important” revolution of unspecified goals and are, in a sense, selfish and underming for doing so. Sanders, however, in certain venues where being a feminist has cache, has recently touted his feminist stance as someone who has made “a commitment to fight for women’s rights” (again, see the New Left argument about how only men can fight against capitalism and help the oppressed along the way). Sanders, nevertheless, attempts to downplay ‘the woman issue’ regarding gender and the presidency: “We want to see women hold more political offices. But I also would hope that, in these enormously difficult times, where it is absolutely imperative that we stand up to the billionaire class, bring our people together, to fight for a progressive agenda, that all people — women — look at that candidate who has the record to do that.” This is almost verbatim the same argument he made against Madeline Kunin 30 years ago (see Catherine Alison Hill’s thesis presented in May 1989 for primary documentation).