(NEW YORK POST) WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brushed off criticism Sunday of a ham-handed screed he wrote in the early 1970s dealing with rape fantasies, saying it was simply an attempt to address power dynamics — much like in the erotic novel “50 Shades of Grey.”
“This is a piece of fiction that I wrote in 1972, I think,” the Vermont senator told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
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“That was 43 years ago. It was very poorly written and if you read it, what it was dealing with was gender stereotypes, why some men like to oppress women, why other women like to be submissive, you know, something like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’” he said.