Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Naomi (Were)Wolf in London

I like Naomi Wolf now.  Like me, she's a reformed OTT Devil Dog for a progressive charge, who at some point realized after charging into some No Man's Land, that it was not all it was meant to be.  Eye deep in Hell, she began to see things more clearly.

Naomi has long been a leader of the feminist vangard.  I bought and read her 1997 book, "Promiscuities," and understood it's point, but felt it was extremely one-sided.  Was my experience as an awkward, young stud-supposed-to-be really so different from the pressures she described for young women?  In this scene from An American Werewolf In London, she (Nurse Alex) confronts the wolf of man and in his demise, sees his tragic vulnerability.  She realizes then that he was cursed and that she loves the beast being hunted.

Now Naomi is being crucified for thinking for herself--the very thing she gained fame for among feminists who saw her books as a catalyst for liberating causes--simply because she questions some of the developments taking place in the world.  Most recently for her observations on the strange details of ISIS's executions, but also (though it gained no press) the creeping fascism of the post-9/11 world and the true meaning of gun control.  That is a more libertarian perspective coming from somebody with a long history of non-libertarian thinking.  You don't have to agree with the conclusions, but feminists everywhere should at least respect her intelligence and take the time to consider what she's saying.  Unfortunately, the Thought Police are out to get her now.

Who'd have thunk that Naomi Wolf and W. Axl Rose have so much in common.

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