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Naomi Wolf

Fascism with a Feminist Face

Naomi Wolf | Posted 04.03.2014 | World
Naomi Wolf

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 vote). Indeed, so-called "second-wave" feminist theory abounds in assertions that war, racism, love of hierarchy, and general repressiveness belong to "patriarchy"; women's leadership, by contrast, would naturally create a more inclusive, collaborative world. The problem is that it has never worked out that way, as the rise of women to leadership positions in Western Europe's far-right parties should remind us. Leaders such as Marine Le Pen of France's National Front, Pia Kjaersgaard of Denmark's People's Party, and Siv Jensen of Norway's Progress Party reflect the enduring appeal of neofascist movements to many modern women in egalitarian, inclusive liberal democracies.

How My Church Hijacked My Vagina

Monique Ruffin | Posted 03.19.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

Just like the Christian church asks us to believe that the earth is only 6,000 years old (rather than 4.5 billion years), it also asks us to believe t...

Devouring the Forbidden Fruit

Monique Ruffin | Posted 03.06.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

Naomi Wolf's latest book, Vagina, is my new bible. And yes, this from a licensed spiritual practitioner and former devoted Christian.

'Men Raised On Porn Have Lost Sexual Skills'

Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

"Porn is addicting and desensitizing," asserted Naomi Wolf. The activist and author of Vagina joined HuffPost Live on Dec. 10 and discussed the potent...

Revisiting 'The Beauty Myth'

Jennifer Armstrong | Posted 06.12.2013 | Women
Jennifer Armstrong

Revisiting Wolf's text now, 20 years later, evokes an all-too-common feeling I get when reading old feminist texts: Holy sh*t, nothing has changed.

Have You Been Warned? Are You Listening Now?

Lisa Guest | Posted 06.05.2013 | Books
Lisa Guest

Have you listened? Are you listening? Do you push everything away that doesn't make sense to you? Everything that scares you, you drown with obsession...

Dig This: Ephemeral Art From an Ephemeral Revolution

Steve Heilig | Posted 05.28.2013 | San Francisco
Steve Heilig

Back in the murky pre-history of San Francisco's fabled Haight-Ashbury, even before the fabled "Summer of Love," were the Diggers.

5 Reasons Watching Porn Together Can Be Good For Your Marriage

Stacey Nelkin | Posted 05.07.2013 | Weddings
Stacey Nelkin

If you and your mate haven't included pornography in your sexual arsenal, there's no time like the present. After all, couples that play together, stay together.

Zero Dark Thirty: The Politics of Art or Why All the Critics Are Wrong

Lennard Davis | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
Lennard Davis

Given that the torture scenes are so repulsive, but shown nonetheless, it is clearly Bigelow's goal to make us never forget the horror and demeaning nature of torture both for the victim and for the torturers.

Naomi Wolf Ends Weekly Guardian US Column; Will Still Contribute Monthly

Michael Calderone | Posted 04.16.2013 | Media
Michael Calderone

One of the Guardian's most prominent columnists will no longer be writing regularly for the paper.

Sex and Domesticity

Rob Brooks | Posted 04.10.2013 | Science
Rob Brooks

"The most erotic thing a man can do for a woman is... the dishes." You've no doubt encountered this oft-repeated claim, or one like it, before. Yet, as always, reality is far more complex than the headlines.

Who Is Still Afraid of Katie Roiphe?

Jim Downs | Posted 03.30.2013 | Books
Jim Downs

In response to the hype surrounding Fifty Shades of Grey, Roiphe gained national prominence in 2012 with a Newsweek cover story about why sadomasochism is a feminist dream. The story went viral, and many feminists again called for her to be tied up and gagged.

Did The FBI Really Spy On Occupy Wall Street Campus Demonstrations?

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.10.2013 | College

Officials with the State University of New York at Oswego say they never assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other federal agency to m...

Zero Dark Thirty's Kathryn Bigelow Falsely Cast by Naomi Wolf as Nazi Propagandist Leni Riefenstahl

G. Roger Denson | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics
G. Roger Denson

It takes a certain audacity to exploit the memory of the holocaust while at the same time disregarding those both lost and surviving 9/11 in the way that Naomi Wolf did in her January 4 Guardian column.

Our Favorite Things Women Said To Us Last Year

Posted 04.26.2013 | Women

One of the best parts of our jobs at HuffPost Women is getting to talk to amazing women all year long -- famous and unknown, young and old, experts an...

More Vagina Travelogues

Naomi Wolf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Naomi Wolf

I keep learning more eye-opening information about my fellow human beings as I travel around the country talking about Vagina: A New Biography. The adventures continue.

The Courage of Naomi Wolf

Susan Cain | Posted 12.22.2012 | Books
Susan Cain

As a writer, Wolf has always been both poet and polemicist. And in Vagina, she is doing what she has done consistently throughout her career: written from a high wire.

Let's Give Them Something to Talk About!

Rachel Braun Scherl | Posted 12.22.2012 | Women
Rachel Braun Scherl

It doesn't much matter to me if Vagina is a good book, a stupid book, a book based in science or a figment of the author's imagination. It is more important that a productive, respectful conversation about female sexual satisfaction is actually taking place.

Naomi Wolf's Book Shows Women: Your Vagina Deserves a Riot

Jennifer Gandin Le | Posted 12.04.2012 | Books
Jennifer Gandin Le

Wolf uses her body's story as an entry into an examination of the power that has been taken from women throughout history -- namely, the vital life force that comes from the pelvic neural network connecting women's brains to their vaginas.

The Jane Austen Weekly: Sex Organs and Sexual Difference

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 11.27.2012 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

What does any of this have to do with prim and proper Jane Austen? How could such a fuddy-duddy author discuss sex organs? But she does.

The Vagina Travelogues

Naomi Wolf | Posted 11.26.2012 | Books
Naomi Wolf

What do I take home from my week in the UK, talking about something as simple and valuable as the new science of female arousal and orgasm? It seems that female sexuality is still such a difficult and contested issue even to think about in mainstream media spaces.

What You Need to Know about Naomi Wolf and Vagina

Jane Czyzselska | Posted 11.25.2012 | Women
Jane Czyzselska

Since Naomi Wolf released Vagina: A New Biography, we've seen an endless number of personal attacks masquerading as critique and a denigration of the author's work, mental health and intelligence -- critiques no man would dare to make, lest he be accused of misogyny.

Vagina: A Biography's Lesson: Women Don't Have to Settle for Less

Deborah Coady | Posted 11.24.2012 | Books
Deborah Coady

Naomi Wolf illustrates the point that women should not have to settle for sexual pain, diminished sexual gratification, or orgasmic dysfunction due to the widespread ignorance, disinterest, and inadequacy of medical and psychological care for pelvic disorders affecting sexual function.

'Vagina': The Authorized Biography?

Paul Raeburn | Posted 11.18.2012 | Books
Paul Raeburn

I have not read the book. And I don't plan to. But I thought I should note that Vagina: A New Biography, by the feminist writer Naomi Wolf, has drawn scorn from science bloggers and literary critics alike.

Not Seeing the C-Word (Or Even the V-Word)

Emma L. E. Rees | Posted 11.18.2012 | Books
Emma L. E. Rees

The tweeters and reviewers who denigrate Naomi Wolf and her new book, Vagina, shun intellectual difficulty, instead flimsily establishing easier and frequently ad hominem critiques. They want Wolf to have written a different book. Well, she didn't.