February 20, 2004

Step Off, Naomi

I have mixed emotions about Camille Paglia, but when she nails something, it stays nailed. And boy, does she nail exactly what bothers me about Naomi Wolf:

"At the beginning of the 90’s, people said, ‘Oh, Naomi Wolf, this great thinker,’" said Ms. Paglia. "But what she’s managed to do in 10 years is marginalize herself as a chronicler of teenage angst. She doesn’t want to leave that magic island when she was the ripening teenager. How many times do we have to relive Naomi Wolf’s growing up? How many books, how many articles, Naomi, are you going to impose on us so we have to be dragged back to your teenage-heartbreak years? This is regressive! It’s childish! Move on! Move on! Get on to menopause next!"

This is, of course, in reference to Wolf's attempt to retroactively file harrassment charges against Harold Bloom for an incident that allegedly occurred 20 years ago.

I don't suppose that this kerfluffle would have anything to do with the fact that Ms. Wolf hasn't been in the public eye for a few years, would it? See, when your career is based upon navel gazing and the obsessive study of youthful sexuality and you just happen to be an attractive young woman and you get a whole lot of attention for it and then you get older and less relevant, well, Madonna or Janet syndrome, anyone?

Perhaps Ms. Wolf could do a feminist study about aging attention whores.

Read Joanne Jacobs' post on the subject for more info and linkies.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at February 20, 2004 08:54 AM

I was glad to read this. I caught Naomi W. on the new Dennis Miller CNBC show, and, after about two episodes, I was flabbergasted. She can't seem to follow an argument or line of discussion, especially if it's being spoken by a white, male conservative. She seems to try to compensate for the lack of content in her own remarks by trying to lean over and make eye contact with the person (men) she's disagreeing with, while patting them on the arm. I contrast her behavior with, say, Mara Eliason on Brit Hume's show, and whew - Naomi needs to get on back to where-evah and stay there. Cheers!

Posted by: Sheryl at February 24, 2004 03:33 PM

1) "The personal strengths and weaknesses of a leader are no indication of the merits of [her] cause." --Roger Zelazny

2) Wolf (about whom I know nothing except the actual article in _New York_ magazine) explicitly and repeatedly disclaims the role of victim for herself or villain for Harold Bloom. What she's interested in is the attitude of Yale, which was -- predictably -- head-in-the-sand, and apparently remains so today.

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