I Just Spoke to Gloria Fucking Steinem!Thanks to a Jezebel tipster named Jessica, I was tuned in to Seattle station KUOW's interview with Gloria Steinem this afternoon, listening as she talked about everything from feminism to her New York Times OpEd and even why she doesn't blog, when the host opened up the lines for questions. I didn't figure a West Coast radio station was likely to take a question from a D.C. caller, but I figured I'd try anyway. And so I called, and waited on hold for a few minutes listening when all of a sudden, for the first question... they clicked over to me! And I was like, Gloria fucking Steinem is about to hear words come out of my mouth! And then they did! And then she said stuff! To me! And whomever else was listening, but whatever! She was totally talking to me!True to form, I decided to beat the dead horse about the 20 percent of Clinton supporters who still say — unlike Ms. Steinem — that they're not ready to support Barack Obama. I asked what Ms. Steinem thought Obama should be doing to win them over. She said, "I see the polls, too, but I don't personally know anyone who supported Hillary Clinton that isn't supporting Barack Obama." But that's not all! She pointed out that she never said she wouldn't support Obama, were he the nominee. She knows that in some states, like Minnesota, Hillary supporters are planning on writing her name in "but they wouldn't be doing it if they weren't sure the whole state were going to go for Baracj Obama, so they're aware of the Nader problem." (Minnesotan Hillary supporters, please take note that the latest Quinnipiac/Wall Street Journal/Washington Post poll has Obama only up by 2 points with a 2.8 point margin of error, thanks!). She said the most important thing was that we had to realize our "enlightened self-interest" was not in helping McCain get elected. On a more substantive note, Steinem suggested that Obama had been very good about speaking out on reproductive rights issues and on work/life issues, but would like to see him speak out more on domestic violence and international women's issues. In addition, she thinks it would be helpful to add women into his regular policy rhetoric — the example she used was that when he talks about health care policy, he should talk about women's experience in the health care system and why his changes would be good for women specifically. Then the host, Steve Scher, asked me to answer my own question. I tried very hard to not think that I was supposed to say something not stupid to Gloria Steinem, a cause not helped by the fact that I used her name in the first ten seconds after opening my mouth. I said that as much as I was grateful for his work on reproductive rights, I'd like to see him stand up a little more forcefully in favor of them rather than saying that he wouldn't want his daughters punished with a child and that I'd like to see him talk a lot more about comprehensive sex ed and a lot less about abstinence education. And that was it. Other things she said included the fact that she doesn't blog because she's "a more hung up writer than that" and that she feels that she didn't write clearly enough in her aforementioned OpEd to deny people the opportunity that they were clearly looking for to tag her as one of those supposed feminists who doesn't understand racial issues. The MP3 of the full interview is here and if you want to hear exactly how young I sound, they pick up my call at minute 26 (just short of halfway through). A Conversation with Gloria Steinem [KUOW] Women Are Never Front-Runners [NY Times] VP Pick Might Chafe Hillary Supporters [Politico] Lunch with the FT: Gloria Steinem [Financial Times] Minnesota: McCain vs. Obama [RealClearPolitics] "Stop These Abortions."[Politico]