Bernie and Unconscious Misogyny — The Beat Goes On
Laurel Brett

You’ve given me a lot to think about. I don’t know if I accept the assertion of your essay, but there is one thing that I DO know: men in their 70’s have sexism and misogyny in their bones. After hearing (to him) unbelievably sexist statements from his father and his father-in-law, my 50-year-old brother asked me, “What is it with guys that age? I’m embarrassed by my gender.” If you’re old enough to remember the 50’s and 60’s, then you know that patriarchy was the air we breathed. “Consciousness raising” was another word for attempting to untangle what was true from what was received wisdom — you know, “Men are superior. That’s just the way it is.” So it’s difficult to imagine that a man of a certain age does NOT have certain attitudes, inclinations, assumptions. Self-examination is their job, as it is for white people regarding racism. Furthermore, I don’t think it’s limited to older men. I don’t know how many Facebook conversations in which I have offered carefully articulated assertions of fact, only to be greeted with snide comments about my looks. Just sayin’.