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the world’s silliest feminist

She posed for a glamour shot on the jacket of her book, “The Beauty Myth,” that attacked media exploitation of women. She famously advised Al Gore to wear earth tones. Last year, she called the tasering of that University of Florida student (“Don’t tase me, bro!”) “an iconic turning point and it will be remembered as the moment at which America either fought back or yielded.”

Wolf, NaomiClearly, Naomi Wolf is an idiot. The evidence continues to mount; this essay, about Angelina Jolie, is as nauseating a piece of celebrity worship as you’ll ever read.

The magic of Jolie’s self-presentation? She makes the claim, with her life and actions, that, indeed, you can get away with it. All of it. Against every Western convention, she has managed to draw together all of these kinds of female liberation and empowerment. And her gestures determinedly transgress social boundaries — boundaries of convention, race, class, and gender — giving many of us a vicarious thrill.

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3 thoughts on “the world’s silliest feminist Leave a comment

  1. Wow. I remember that book coming out in college and one of my favorite professors showing it to us and pointing out the vapid irony of Wolf’s photo. You’ve posted some of her sillier quotes before, haven’t you?

  2. I loved her book “Fire with Fire” when I read it in college, but unfortunately since that time I have been repeatedly disappointed by Wolf. She wrote an article last year or the year before about why the public is fascinated with the foibles of Britney, Paris and Lindsday that was similarly nauseating and completely missed the point.

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