But Naomi Wolf knows all of this. Most logical and ethical people can reason through all of this. I sincerely believe that Naomi Wolf, at this point, is not interested in the substance of even her own arguments. I believe she’s interested in reviving a gasping career, and she’s realized that this is a pretty damn good way to get people to talk about her again. She’s the Ann Coulter of feminism, and I’m sure the right-wing-welfare checks will start pouring in any day now. I hope she at least gets a nice house in Connecticut out of it.
Over at Life in A Pickle, Gherkinette has written about her experience in debating this issue with Naomi Wolf on the BBC World Service. Having listened to the show, I have less respect for Naomi Wolf than I can say without using bad words. Her blatant, continued disrespect and patronising power over behaviour with Gherkinette is one thing. Her telling everyone else to “bear with her” so she can keep talking…and talking…and talking, is another. Then there is her idea that reporting rape has no consequences for survivors now. And by no means finally, but I’m over this list, is her repeated insistance that rape is not robustly investigated now because the world doesn’t know who rape survivors are.
Is she really saying that the Police stop investigating a particular case because the media can’t give the name of a rape survivor for that case?
Her helpful comparison of rape survivors having to have their anonymity waived if they report to the Police with queer people is spectacular. It is certainly true that queer people deliberately choosing to come out has changed much of the western world since the 1970s. Because our families, non-queer friends and non-queer work colleagues know who we are – and know they love, like, respect, or find us as irritating as the next (straight) person – dehumanising homophobia that relied on the invisibility of queer people has altered unrecognisably.naomi is completely nuts at this point and just dying to be the new attacker of women from the right. that's all that she's got going now. by 2016, i wouldn't be at all surprised to see her endorsing the republican candidates.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'