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Author, social critic, and political activist Naomi Wolf raises awareness of the pervasive inequities that exist in society and politics. She encourages people to take charge of their lives, voice their concerns and enact change.
Wolf’s landmark international bestseller, The Beauty Myth, challenged the cosmetics industry and the marketing of unrealistic standards of beauty, launching a new wave of feminism in the early 1990s. The New York Times called it one of the most important books of the 20th century. Her next book, Vagina: A Cultural History, will be released in 2012.
Wolf’s New York Times bestseller, The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, is an impassioned call to return to the aspirations and beliefs of the Founders’ ideals of liberty. The New York Times called the documentary version “pointedly inflammatory.” Her latest book, Give Me Liberty: A Handbook For American Revolutionaries, includes effective tools for citizens to promote civic engagement and create sustainable democracy.
Her international journalism includes the investigative report “Guantánamo Bay: The Inside Story” for The Times of London, and as a columnist for Project Syndicate her articles have been published in India, Philippines, Egypt, and Lebanon. She’s a frequent blogger on The Huffington Post and writes cultural commentary for The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Harper’s Bazaar. Her TV appearances include Larry King Live, Meet the Press, The Joyce Behar Show, and The Colbert Report.
A graduate of Yale and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Wolf was a consultant to Al Gore during his presidential campaign on women’s issues and social policy. She is co-founder of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an organization that teaches leadership to young women, and The American Freedom Campaign, a grass roots democracy movement in the United States whose mission is the defense of the Constitution and the rule of law.
(12 comments) Sunday, February 3, 2013 JSoc: Obama's Secret Assassins
Scahill and Rowley track this new model of US warfare that strikes at civilians and insurgents alike -- in 70 countries. They interview former JSoc assassins, who are shell-shocked at how the "kill lists" they are given keep expanding, even as they eliminate more and more people.
(1 comments) Saturday, January 26, 2013 Lovelace: A Feminism-Free "Feminist" Critique Of The Pornography Industry
The movie details the rise, fall, and rebirth of a young woman, Linda Boreman, who leaves her repressive family for the manipulative Chuck Traynor. His violent control transforms her into a "spokesmodel" for fellatio in the first porn film to be mass-marketed: Deep Throat. Finally, she begins a new life with a new family. It is a highly conventional narrative about women and sexuality.
(19 comments) Saturday, January 12, 2013 Will Obama's "War On Weed" Really Ride Roughshod Over American Voters?
The "war on drugs" generates far bigger consequences than mere buzz suppression -- from racist incarceration outcomes, to prison lobbies writing our laws, to the mass disenfranchisement of the felons convicted of marijuana possession, whose conviction prevents them from being allowed to vote.
(22 comments) Friday, January 4, 2013 A letter to Kathryn Bigelow on Zero Dark Thirty's apology for torture
It seems implausible that scenes such as those involving two top-secret, futuristic helicopters could be made without Pentagon help, for example. If the film received that kind of undisclosed, in-kind support from the defense department, then that would free up million of dollars for the gigantic ad campaign that a film like this needs to compete to win audience.
(10 comments) Saturday, December 29, 2012 Revealed: How The FBI Coordinated The Crackdown On Occupy
Documents show that from the start, the FBI -- though it acknowledges Occupy movement as being, in fact, a peaceful organization -- nonetheless designated OWS repeatedly as a "terrorist threat." It was never really about "the terrorists." It was not even about civil unrest. It was always about this moment, when vast crimes might be uncovered by citizens -- it was always, that is to say, meant to be about you.
(44 comments) Saturday, December 22, 2012 The coming drone attack on America
The Pentagon can now send a domestic drone to hover outside your apartment window, collecting footage of you and your family, if the secretary of Defense approves it. Or it may track you and your friends and pick up audio of your conversations, on your way, say, to protest or vote or talk to your representative, if you are not "specifically identified," a determination that is so vague as to be meaningless.
(6 comments) Tuesday, December 18, 2012 NYPD for hire: how uniformed New York cops moonlight for banks
An independent, uncorrupted municipal police force should be our thin blue line: defenders against crime, protectors of public safety, guarantors of citizens' rights. If these officers of the law become or have already become a private militia for hire, to whom can we turn on the frontline of justice?
(10 comments) Thursday, December 6, 2012 Feinstein amendment doubles down on NDAA's assault on constitutional rights
Many questions press on this issue: why are there repeated efforts by Congress to affirm the power of military detention of Americans? Why are Obama's lawyers drafting language that yet more broadly targets journalists and activists who might be subjected to military detention? And, just as important, why is this appalling and historic set of developments not front-page news in every newspaper in the land?
(5 comments) Sunday, November 4, 2012 A cure for America's corruptible voting system
If you look at weak democracies, the oligarchies that have taken undue control of them always seek to tamper with the vote. It is important for oligarchs to have elections to give their guy a veneer of legitimacy -- and important for the vote always to turn out "their way." Indeed, former President Carter's voting accountability organization sees America's system as relatively flawed and corrupted.
(9 comments) Saturday, October 20, 2012 ACLU fights the good fight to stop government surveillance of our citizens
The ACLU says the FBI and NSA are abusing the warrantless dragnet surveillance. When the organization filed a FOIA request to see how it was actually being used, the FBI sent them some heavily redacted pages and explained that they could not yield more information about the surveillance since the business of turning in information on citizens' communications risk economic harm if their snitching were common knowledge.
(2 comments) Saturday, October 13, 2012 Occupy the Pipeline battles fracking threat in New York
Occupy the Pipeline claims that the entities profiting from fracking are "the same old cast of characters," namely: Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America. On 15 October, Occupy the Pipeline will stage a protest event in solidarity with those arrested for protesting the tar sands pipeline (one notable arrestee being actress Daryl Hannah) and other pipeline activists.
(68 comments) Saturday, September 22, 2012 How the Mitt Romney video killed the American Dream
Politicians do not even bother invoking the American Dream anymore. They know that we know that everything is rigged against it now, and that the language no longer persuades even the most naive and idealistic; the best you'll get from a politician is a pledge, playing to nostalgia, to restore its lost promise.
(2 comments) Wednesday, August 15, 2012 The new totalitarianism of surveillance technology
To acclimate their populations to this brave new world of invasive surveillance technologies, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and and his Canadian counterpart, Stephen Harper, both recently introduced "snoop" bills. Meanwhile, in the US -- "the land of the free" -- the onward march of the surveillers continues apace, without check or consultation.
(3 comments) Friday, August 10, 2012 America's Drought of Political Will on Climate Change
America has led the world in climate change denial, a phenomenon noted with amazement by Europeans, not to mention thinking people around the world. Year after year, the US has failed to sign global treaties or curb emissions, even as our status as a source of a third of the world's carbon emissions goes unchanged.
(1 comments) Saturday, July 21, 2012 Why Reporters Are in the Firing Line
It will take an alliance of investors, diplomats, media professionals and concerned citizens to exert real pressure and attach real consequences to the dire act of harming or suppressing a journalist. For the autocrats know that without a free press to report on their misdeeds, they have nothing to fear from the west's rhetorical invocations of democracy.
(6 comments) Sunday, July 15, 2012 This Global Financial Fraud and its Gatekeepers
Whatever motivated Geithner's silence, or that of the "government official" in the emails to Barclays, this much is obvious: the mainstream media need to drop their narratives of "Gosh, another oversight". The financial sector's corruption must be recognized as systemic.
(1 comments) Thursday, June 21, 2012 Vagina: say it loud, Lisa Brown
During a debate on anti-abortion legislation in the Michigan statehouse, the Democratic state senator said that she was flattered that there was such an interest in, as she put it, "my vagina," but that "no means no." She was barred from later debate because, she claimed, she dared to use that word.
(4 comments) Friday, June 15, 2012 A Culture of Coverup: Rape in the Ranks of the US Military
The numbers around the level of sex assault in the military are staggering. There is so much of this going on in the US military that women soldiers' advocacy groups have created a new term for it: military sexual trauma or MST. Last year, there were 3,158 cases of sexual assault reported within the military.
(21 comments) Friday, May 25, 2012 What really lies behind the "war on women"
A well-funded legislative war on women is being unleashed. Many of these new proposed bills, or recently passed state laws, attack in novel ways women's rights to ownership of their bodies and their basic life choices, which second-wave feminists thought long won.
(14 comments) Friday, May 18, 2012 The NDAA's Section 1021 Coup d'etat Foiled
The government cannot be trusted with powers to detain indefinitely any US citizen -- even though Obama promised he would not misuse these powers -- because the United States government is already coordinating a surveillance and policing war against its citizens, designed to suppress their peaceful assembly and criticism of its corporate allies.