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Naomi Wolf

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We Still Aren't Doing Enough to Protect Orcas

(46) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 8:40 AM

Is SeaWorld fun? Many of us, especially those of us who grew up on the West Coast, have formative memories of seeing the whales at SeaWorld. The animals leap and twirl to aahs and oohs from the audience. People are splashed by the massive waves; families watch the trainers hold...

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Fascism with a Feminist Face

(6) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 10:34 AM

From Project Syndicate

NEW YORK -- Western feminism has made some memorable theoretical mistakes; a major one is the frequent assumption that, if women held the decision-making power in society, they would be "kinder and gentler" (a phrase devised for George H.W. Bush in 1988 to appeal to the female...

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More Vagina Travelogues

(29) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 10:57 AM

I keep learning more eye-opening information about my fellow human beings as I travel around the country talking about Vagina: A New Biography, now in a fifth week on the American Booksellers Association extended nonfiction hardcover bestseller list, and bouncing around the top of the Apple iBooks nonfiction list too....

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The Vagina Travelogues

(220) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 4:25 PM

Friday: I get a glimpse of my life ahead for the next little while. American publishers send authors their copies of books in big boxes labelled with the title. My doorman approaches me in the lobby, gesturing with some consternation at a three-foot cardboard box marked, "Vagina." "Is this yours?"...

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My Feminist Perspective? Knowledge Is Power

(83) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 9:08 AM

Many critics and readers, including many feminists, have welcomed my book Vagina: A New Biography. Some critics, though -- feminists too, of another kind -- are accusing me of a form of contemporary heresy.

Vagina is an account of the latest neuroscientific and other findings that markedly update our...

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The First Amendment and the Obligation to Peacefully Disrupt in a Free Society

(1175) Comments | Posted October 22, 2011 | 4:03 PM

Mayor Bloomberg is planning Draconian new measures to crack down on what he calls the "disruption" caused by the protesters at Zuccotti Park, and he is citing neighbors' complaints about noise and mess. This set of talking points, and this strategy, is being geared up as well by administrations of...

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David Cameron's Great Expectations

(31) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 1:25 PM


NEW YORK -- As I listen to the news coming out of England after the recent wave of urban riots -- and as I read Robert Douglas-Fairhurst's compelling new biography of Charles Dickens, Becoming Dickens -- life and art seem...

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Is Porn Driving Men Crazy?

(787) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 10:47 AM

It is hard to ignore how many highly visible men in recent years (indeed, months) have behaved in sexually self-destructive ways. Some powerful men have long been sexually voracious; unlike today, though, they were far more discreet and generally used much better judgment in order to cover their tracks.


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"Travelling States of Emergency" Unmasked: Did British Colonial Repression Tactics Inspire the American DHS?

(105) Comments | Posted June 6, 2011 | 10:56 AM

Have two British academics found the key to why Americans keep being bombarded today with a discourse that highlights dramatic "emergency" events -- that then leads inevitably to legislation that chips away (or chisels away) at what is left of the Constitution? I believe they have. Dr. Stephen Morton and...

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My Sex Life with the TSA

(192) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 10:46 AM

So this blog post is titled: "My Sex Life with the TSA". Because I am getting a LOT of action from them.

I went through JFK this past week. As usual, I request not to go through the backscatter machines. And as usual, they tell me that...

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I Want My Al Jazeera

(180) Comments | Posted April 12, 2011 | 10:14 PM

Al Jazeera correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin is on a victory lap in the United States -- or rather, Al Jazeera is sending him on its own victory lap.

After all, Mohyeldin is a modest guy, despite being one of Al Jazeera's best-known reporters -- and clearly a rising international media star.

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WikiLeaks, Revolution, and the Lost Cojones of American Journalism

(205) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 10:40 AM

Now that the WikiLeaks releases about Tunisian corruption have directly sparked a peoples' uprising in Tunisia; now that Egypt is in the throes of pro-democracy protest driven in large measure by WikiLeaks' revelation in the Palestine Papers about US manipulation of Palestine, surely one would expect...

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Revolution at Sundance

(9) Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 3:15 PM

I am here in Park City, Utah, for my first encounter with the Sundance Festival; I had expected starlets in ski boots and parties in which people said 'Darling' and perhaps many worthy little films with artistic merit, but -- my mistake, probably due to the grudging reluctance on the...

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Sweden's Serial Negligence in Prosecuting Rape Further Highlights the Politics Behind Julian Assange's Arrest

(336) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 12:59 PM

As I have been making the case on media outlets in the past few days that the British and Swedish sex crime charges related actions against Julian Assange are so extraordinarily and unprecedentedly severe -- compared to how prosecutors always treat far more cut-and-dry allegations than those in question in...

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J'Accuse: Sweden, Britain, and Interpol Insult Rape Victims Worldwide

(387) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 11:40 AM

How do I know that Interpol, Britain and Sweden's treatment of Julian Assange is a form of theater? Because I know what happens in rape accusations against men that don't involve the embarrassing of powerful governments.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in solitary confinement in Wandsworth prison in advance of...

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Espionage Act: How the Government Can Engage in Serious Aggression Against the People of the United States

(896) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 11:28 AM

This week, Senators Joe Lieberman and Dianne Feinstein engaged in acts of serious aggression against their own constituents, and the American people in general. They both invoked the 1917 Espionage Act and urged its use in going after Julian Assange. For good measure, Lieberman...

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Julian Assange Captured by World's Dating Police

(644) Comments | Posted December 7, 2010 | 8:40 AM

Dear Interpol:

As a longtime feminist activist, I have been overjoyed to discover your new commitment to engaging in global manhunts to arrest and prosecute men who behave like narcissistic jerks to women they are dating.

I see that Julian Assange is accused of having consensual...

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The Fear Profiteers

(12) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 10:22 AM

OXFORD - Just when it seemed that America's "Homeland Security state" could not get more surreal, the United States Transportation Security Administration has rolled out a costly Scylla and Charybdis at major airports: either you accept dangerous doses of radiation and high-resolution imaging of your naked body, or, worried about...

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Banks Complicit in Fraud -- Is it Systemic?

(84) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 7:49 PM

Well, just when I thought my 'Banks Siding Against the Customer in Bank Fraud' story couldn't get any more shocking -- it did. I had assumed that when I posted the account this week of how WaMu and now Chase were apparently systematically stonewalling customers -- myself included...

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Banks Siding Against the Customer in Fraud Cases

(297) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 12:19 PM

Like most consumers, I had always assumed that banks and customers are united in wanting to curtail bank fraud. Unfortunately, I have learned that in fact bank fraud is a big and profitable business -- for the banks themselves; and that changes in electronic banking, combined with the power of...

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