I do not think Naomi Wolf is stupid. And if she was, there’d be no point in using her example. It was because she is smart, and a feminist, that her misreading of the video was so important.
If you showed her a Yelawolf video she’d be able to find hidden misogyny in the color of his bling, but when offered a video where a woman sings “this is the part of me that you’re never ever gonna take away from me” while she’s turning into a boy she’s stumped. Why?
Because she’s American, and American= post-modern westerner = defines herself not by what she believes in, but in opposition to what she hates. She turned to the dark side of the force.
She believes in feminism, but that belief is not as powerful as her hate. She hates the military, she hates aggression, she hates power– not in a feminist way, which would be worth arguing, but in a raw, primitive, reflexive way. She has an infantile fear of these things, and that fear grew up, got some money and a fluency with English, and became hate. All the hate needs is a trigger.
You should remember this when you talk about the elections. I know some of you support Romney and others support Obama, but those things are very hard to do; I suspect that what’s really going on is that you hate Obama supporters or you hate Romney supporters. The media will encourage this by “breaking down” the voting: “voters who make <$30000″; “Catholics”; “single women.” They don’t do that to let you know how your group votes, they do it solely to enrage you. “Those idiots, those bastards…”
That hate plugs you into the media. That’s why when you’re particularly passionate about something you hate you end up using the phrases you got from them: “tax cuts for the rich”, “welfare state”. Oh, a Tocqueville quote in your sig. Did you get that from watching de Tocqueville or Glen Beck? All that time spent studying Glen Beck, you could have studied…………. what a world that would be.
If you define yourself by what you hate, you will be of no value to anyone; and you will be miserable. As de Tocqueville famously said, “the more angry they can make you, the longer battery life they get from you.”
Naomi Wolf’s hate made her fail her followers and an easy target for her… haters. Nothing good will ever come of it; nothing at all will come of it. As de Tocqueville said, “fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering….” I don’t remember the rest.