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Naomi Wolf
Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
almost 3 years Conversation

All questions will be answered by Naomi Wolf on September 8th starting at 5pm ET.

Hi - I'm Naomi Wolf. I'm a journalist and an author and many consider me an expert on all things feminist. Among my books: The Beauty Myth and The End of America. I've also worked as an adviser to Bill Clinton and Al Gore. 

I raised eyebrows and sparked discussions when I wrote: 

"More women have more money and power and scope and legal recognition than we have ever had before; but in terms of how we feel about ourselves physically, we may actually be worse off than our unliberated grandmothers."

Some fun facts about me: I read "Star" every week. (It's my guilty pleasure).  I also love dogs. (I thought people who talked about their dogs as if they were individual personalities were ridiculous until I got a dog). 

Now's your chance to ask me anything you'd like! Please write your questions in the comments section below, starting now, and I'll answer the questions live on Thursday, September 8th at 5 pm ET

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  • Julie Wilder
    Julie Wilder Entrepreneur, Mother, Localist, Artist, Sovereign Sister
    almost 3 years ago Orlando, FL, United States

    Hi Naomi - I'd love to know what trends you see in gender lens investing. After exiting my first business, my eye is now on what I call sovereign capital - money without control - of which crowdfunding is one great example. But crowdfunding is not for everything. There are MANY issues that come up across gender lines with a male VC in my experience and observation. I've come to realize that to reduce the fear in funding, a self-made woman who knows business is where I am honing in. Any thoughts on this topic?

    Hi Naomi - I'd love to know what trends you see in gender lens investing. After exiting my first business, my eye is now on what I call sovereign capital - money without control - of which crowdfunding is one great example. But crowdfunding is not for everything. There are MANY issues that come up across gender lines with a male VC in my experience and observation. I've come to realize that to reduce the fear in funding, a self-made woman who knows business is where I am honing in. Any thoughts on this topic?

  • Bob Trower 80
    almost 3 years ago

    Most are deprived. There are not enough funds. What would help us all is a Basic Guaranteed Income. We need a real one; one that would free people from worry about more than just food shelter and clothing. We need one that allows health care and education. We need one that allows all the tools needed to fully take part. To take part right here and now, you need more than food stamps and a pat on the head. What are our leaders doing to fight for this? You should know better than most how money gives access to power. What are your thoughts on effective financial suffrage for all? This is definitely a women's issue, BTW. The majority of us are in need and half of us are women.

    Most are deprived. There are not enough funds. What would help us all is a Basic Guaranteed Income. We need a real one; one that would free people from worry about more than just food shelter and clothing. We need one that allows health care and education. We need one that allows all the tools needed to fully take part. To take part right here and now, you need more than food stamps and a pat on the head. What are our leaders doing to fight for this? You should know better than most how money gives access to power. What are your thoughts on effective financial suffrage for all? This is definitely a women's issue, BTW. The majority of us are in need and half of us are women.

  • Damian Schloming 89
    almost 3 years ago

    I guess what I am interested in asking is, what about the media, distortions, and erroneous and overly simplified media narratives "explaining" real world events sometimes in manners that assumes child level intellect on the part of the population? I would say this is true of coverage of gender issues and of coverage of race issues, but what hits home a little bit more is the whole issue of ISIS and terrorism. Or "ISIS" -- does it really exist in the way we assume it does, or is it a label for some much larger "movement" if you will, totalitarian movement, that spawns several different front groups from time to time? I say this as a victim of rape culture and broader organized crime within the gay community, while at the same time, certain statements some of the gay individuals who threatened me made a long time ago cause me to speculate as to whether some well known terrorist events sound a bit like something they predicted, and the motive was definitely NOT the stereotypical "Muslim extremist" narrative but, rather, intimidation connected to organized crime perpetrated by corporations, including pharmaceutical companies and Wall Street criminals. I think that makes sense. Unfortunately, my social situation amounts to so much gas lighting, I have a tendency to doubt myself. Meanwhile, what of the barriers political correctness puts up to the possibility of recognizing such a phenomenon as terrorism that is connected to organized crime in the gay community, with well thought out PRACTICAL motives rather than religious ones?

    I guess what I am interested in asking is, what about the media, distortions, and erroneous and overly simplified media narratives "explaining" real world events sometimes in manners that assumes child level intellect on the part of the population? I would say this is true of coverage of gender issues and of coverage of race issues, but what hits home a little bit more is the whole issue of ISIS and terrorism. Or "ISIS" -- does it really exist in the way we assume it does, or is it a label for some much larger "movement" if you will, totalitarian movement, that spawns several different front groups from time to time? I say this as a victim of rape culture and broader organized crime within the gay community, while at the same time, certain statements some of the gay individuals who threatened me made a long time ago cause me to speculate as to whether some well known terrorist events sound a bit like something they predicted, and the motive was definitely NOT the stereotypical "Muslim extremist" narrative but, rather, intimidation connected to organized crime perpetrated by corporations, including pharmaceutical companies and Wall Street criminals. I think that makes sense. Unfortunately, my social situation amounts to so much gas lighting, I have a tendency to doubt myself. Meanwhile, what of the barriers political correctness puts up to the possibility of recognizing such a phenomenon as terrorism that is connected to organized crime in the gay community, with well thought out PRACTICAL motives rather than religious ones?

  • AdrianaGerry
    almost 3 years ago

    Naomi, thank you for all that you have done for women. I so greatly admire you. Do you think Hillary Clinton will win the election? I very much hope so.

    Naomi, thank you for all that you have done for women. I so greatly admire you. Do you think Hillary Clinton will win the election? I very much hope so.

  • Regina Gorman
    almost 3 years ago

    Describe your perfect day.

    Describe your perfect day.

    • Naomi Wolf
      Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
      almost 3 years ago

      My perfect real day is just waking up, feeding my wonderful offspring whom I'm not supposed to identify, dealing with all of the little domestic things and then putting out fires at work and then doing some writing and feeling good about my writing and then having fun with friends in the evening and then seeing my significant other and just like the very ordinariness - I try to be mindful of how many people don't have shelter, someone to love, don't have a family. I try to focus on my blessings. The perfect ideal day? I was in a situation in Oxford - I was in a suite - I would go to the common room. I had a fellowship. I would go to this beautiful office overlooking the Quads and drink in pubs in the evening - It was this magnificently unreal perfect. It was fantasy, not reality.

      My perfect real day is just waking up, feeding my wonderful offspring whom I'm not supposed to identify, dealing with all of the little domestic things and then putting out fires at work and then doing some writing and feeling good about my writing and then having fun with friends in the evening and then seeing my significant other and just like the very ordinariness - I try to be mindful of how many people don't have shelter, someone to love, don't have a family. I try to focus on my blessings. The perfect ideal day? I was in a situation in Oxford - I was in a suite - I would go to the common room. I had a fellowship. I would go to this beautiful office overlooking the Quads and drink in pubs in the evening - It was this magnificently unreal perfect. It was fantasy, not reality.

  • Gina Orley
    Gina Orley Social entrepreneur, trying to make it in this world.
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Who is your role model or mentor? Who did you turn to for support growing up, and who do you to turn to for support now?

    Who is your role model or mentor? Who did you turn to for support growing up, and who do you to turn to for support now?

    • Naomi Wolf
      Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
      almost 3 years ago

      I have a lot of mentors right now because I'm in a new industry. I've recently been really impressed - with Baroness Helena Kennedy QC who is well known human rights attorney in England and who fought for battered women before anyone understood that issue and she's the head of a college in Oxford, one of the few women heads of college. In terms of who supported me in years gone by, I had a very supportive family growing up - specifically, my mom and dad. And I was fortunate in that I had a really nice and supportive boyfriend in high school.

      I have a lot of mentors right now because I'm in a new industry. I've recently been really impressed - with Baroness Helena Kennedy QC who is well known human rights attorney in England and who fought for battered women before anyone understood that issue and she's the head of a college in Oxford, one of the few women heads of college. In terms of who supported me in years gone by, I had a very supportive family growing up - specifically, my mom and dad. And I was fortunate in that I had a really nice and supportive boyfriend in high school.

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      almost 3 years ago

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  • Kathy May
    Kathy May Associate at Deutsche Bank
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, USA

    Is there a particular film character you associate with the most? What's your favorite movie?

    Is there a particular film character you associate with the most? What's your favorite movie?

    • Naomi Wolf
      Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
      almost 3 years ago

      A favorite film character that I identify with the most - That is such a great question! I can't say I've ever identified with a hero or a heroine of a movie. I remember seeing movies like Harriet the Spy and Harold and Maude growing up and I was kind of a weird kid and quirky and awkward and I think I identified with that transitional state of observing the world and not really being in the world.

      A favorite film character that I identify with the most - That is such a great question! I can't say I've ever identified with a hero or a heroine of a movie. I remember seeing movies like Harriet the Spy and Harold and Maude growing up and I was kind of a weird kid and quirky and awkward and I think I identified with that transitional state of observing the world and not really being in the world.

  • Rachel Borowicz
    Rachel Borowicz Software Engineer & Arts Philanthropist
    almost 3 years ago San Francisco, CA, United States

    What was the best job you ever had? What was the best date you ever had?

    What was the best job you ever had? What was the best date you ever had?

    • Naomi Wolf
      Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
      almost 3 years ago

      I'll start with the job. The best job I ever had is the one that I have. I can't think of a more fun job. I get paid for saying what I believe and being curious. I certainly have to say the best date I ever had was with my current partner. But I won't go into the details.

      I'll start with the job. The best job I ever had is the one that I have. I can't think of a more fun job. I get paid for saying what I believe and being curious. I certainly have to say the best date I ever had was with my current partner. But I won't go into the details.

  • Maddy Bernstein
    almost 3 years ago

    Looking back, are there any pieces of advice you have for people like me who are curious about journalism and approaching that world that's changing a lot at the moment to digital?

    Looking back, are there any pieces of advice you have for people like me who are curious about journalism and approaching that world that's changing a lot at the moment to digital?

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    When did you feel like you were finally established? I think a lot of people feel like they have to know what they want to do by a certain age.

    When did you feel like you were finally established? I think a lot of people feel like they have to know what they want to do by a certain age.

    • Naomi Wolf
      Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
      almost 3 years ago

      I had a weird career because I got established in a role rather than building up to it because my first book was quite successful. But I still think my 20s and 30s were a journey to finding out who I was. I think I've kind of figured out 80% now. There are always surprises.

      I had a weird career because I got established in a role rather than building up to it because my first book was quite successful. But I still think my 20s and 30s were a journey to finding out who I was. I think I've kind of figured out 80% now. There are always surprises.

  • Georgina Purcell
    Georgina Purcell Business Owner
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    What was one of the best lessons you've learned after heartbreak?

    What was one of the best lessons you've learned after heartbreak?

    • Naomi Wolf
      Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
      almost 3 years ago

      There are a lot of people in the world. (laughs)

      There are a lot of people in the world. (laughs)

  • Janet Mason
    almost 3 years ago

    I really love your book and admire how you've been able to have such a diverse career. It's very inspiring. I have to ask, are you glad Hillary Clinton recently addressed the Monica Lewinsky scandal? Do you feel it humanized her more as a candidate to speak about her marriage?

    I really love your book and admire how you've been able to have such a diverse career. It's very inspiring. I have to ask, are you glad Hillary Clinton recently addressed the Monica Lewinsky scandal? Do you feel it humanized her more as a candidate to speak about her marriage?

    • Naomi Wolf
      Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
      almost 3 years ago

      I don't think it's anybody's business if he didn't break a law and he kind of did because it was a workplace issue. I don't think it's anyone's business how she felt. I think we have stripped privacy of our public figures and that's bad because everybody's entitled to privacy. So I really don't think it's anyone's business - This whole obsession with 'Did someone have an affair?' I'm not in favor of this - but half of marriages involve some kind of infidelity and I think it's no one's business and she should not have had to address such a painful, private thing. And it's interesting to me that we're not asking Trump if he's been faithful or if his wife's ever betrayed him.

      I don't think it's anybody's business if he didn't break a law and he kind of did because it was a workplace issue. I don't think it's anyone's business how she felt. I think we have stripped privacy of our public figures and that's bad because everybody's entitled to privacy. So I really don't think it's anyone's business - This whole obsession with 'Did someone have an affair?' I'm not in favor of this - but half of marriages involve some kind of infidelity and I think it's no one's business and she should not have had to address such a painful, private thing. And it's interesting to me that we're not asking Trump if he's been faithful or if his wife's ever betrayed him.

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      almost 3 years ago

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  • Sarah Fein
    almost 3 years ago

    Do you have advice for those wanting to go into politics or journalism?

    Do you have advice for those wanting to go into politics or journalism?

    • Naomi Wolf
      Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
      almost 3 years ago

      Journalism - I would say just write. You're living in such an exciting time where anyone can be a journalist. There's a big difference between blogging and doing an OpEd - training people how to be accurate, fact check. I would really encourage people to maser the basics of writing an outline, spellcheck - but then just write, write, write, write, write. And I can't say that journalism is a thriving profession where you can actually earn a salary anymore. There are a few jobs left - but many more are a combination of tasks, which includes digital. So learn to produce and learn to code. Politics? I don't recommend getting into politics. I don't think it's a good time to run for President. But I think it's a great time to run for city council or to get involved in grass roots activism, working for the library. I think politics is anything you can do to make the world better.

      Journalism - I would say just write. You're living in such an exciting time where anyone can be a journalist. There's a big difference between blogging and doing an OpEd - training people how to be accurate, fact check. I would really encourage people to maser the basics of writing an outline, spellcheck - but then just write, write, write, write, write. And I can't say that journalism is a thriving profession where you can actually earn a salary anymore. There are a few jobs left - but many more are a combination of tasks, which includes digital. So learn to produce and learn to code. Politics? I don't recommend getting into politics. I don't think it's a good time to run for President. But I think it's a great time to run for city council or to get involved in grass roots activism, working for the library. I think politics is anything you can do to make the world better.

  • Lucy Chen
    almost 3 years ago Chicago, IL, United States

    Do you think the media has fairly covered both candidates, and if Hillary wins, are there certain issues you predict she'll face because she's a woman?

    Do you think the media has fairly covered both candidates, and if Hillary wins, are there certain issues you predict she'll face because she's a woman?

    • Naomi Wolf
      Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
      almost 3 years ago

      I do kind of think they've fairly covered both candidates because they've insulted both candidates. I think what's really notable is that there's been no policy discussion this election. The media has managed to not talk about any policies. They've managed to make the campaign about hair and coughing - it's the most policy-free discussion in any campaign. Will she face issues as a woman? I'm kind of bored with that - not the question, but the way Mrs. Clinton handles that question because I think that she plays the gender card in a way that I find annoying, rather than addressing the gender card and moving on to unite everybody and talking about issues that face everybody. I think that Obama did a great job on addressing race - but then he would transition to 'But Everybody knows what it feels like to face worry about a kid's future'. I'm really tired of her talking about the glass ceiling because I think she's rather elitest in the framing of her issues. But if you're going to be President, deal with it. You have to be tough if you're going to be President of the United States of America.

      I do kind of think they've fairly covered both candidates because they've insulted both candidates. I think what's really notable is that there's been no policy discussion this election. The media has managed to not talk about any policies. They've managed to make the campaign about hair and coughing - it's the most policy-free discussion in any campaign. Will she face issues as a woman? I'm kind of bored with that - not the question, but the way Mrs. Clinton handles that question because I think that she plays the gender card in a way that I find annoying, rather than addressing the gender card and moving on to unite everybody and talking about issues that face everybody. I think that Obama did a great job on addressing race - but then he would transition to 'But Everybody knows what it feels like to face worry about a kid's future'. I'm really tired of her talking about the glass ceiling because I think she's rather elitest in the framing of her issues. But if you're going to be President, deal with it. You have to be tough if you're going to be President of the United States of America.

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      almost 3 years ago

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  • Lucy Chen
    almost 3 years ago Chicago, IL, United States

    Hello :-) I am so curious to hear your thoughts on what your predictions are on the election. Who do you think will win? What do you think of Trump and Hillary?

    Hello :-) I am so curious to hear your thoughts on what your predictions are on the election. Who do you think will win? What do you think of Trump and Hillary?

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      • Naomi Wolf
        Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
        almost 3 years ago

        So I think it's going to be Hillary who will win with a big show of force for a demagogue. I think it's going to be Hillary because Hillary is the established establishment candidate. I should say on a happier note I'm excited about Billcam - things are so locked up at the top, the only way of effecting change is through grassroots. It's so tragic but we're more like a lot of Latin American countries in the 1970s where we look like a democracy but the president is really just a figurehead.

        So I think it's going to be Hillary who will win with a big show of force for a demagogue. I think it's going to be Hillary because Hillary is the established establishment candidate. I should say on a happier note I'm excited about Billcam - things are so locked up at the top, the only way of effecting change is through grassroots. It's so tragic but we're more like a lot of Latin American countries in the 1970s where we look like a democracy but the president is really just a figurehead.

      • Naomi Wolf
        Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
        almost 3 years ago

        So I think it's going to be Hillary who will win with a big show of force for a demagogue. I think it's going to be Hillary because Hillary is the established establishment candidate. I should say on a happier note I'm excited about Billcam - things are so locked up at the top, the only way of effecting change is through grassroots. It's so tragic but we're more like a lot of Latin American countries in the 1970s where we look like a democracy but the president is really just a figurehead.

        So I think it's going to be Hillary who will win with a big show of force for a demagogue. I think it's going to be Hillary because Hillary is the established establishment candidate. I should say on a happier note I'm excited about Billcam - things are so locked up at the top, the only way of effecting change is through grassroots. It's so tragic but we're more like a lot of Latin American countries in the 1970s where we look like a democracy but the president is really just a figurehead.

  • tishita
    almost 3 years ago

    How do you think Technology has impact gender equality? Has it made things better or worse?

    How do you think Technology has impact gender equality? Has it made things better or worse?

    • Naomi Wolf
      Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
      almost 3 years ago

      I would say on balance much better. Look at Arab Spring - it was 18 year old Egyptian women leading that revolution from their cell phones and computers. Technology empowers women because you can lead really effectively online. Power is social online and women are really good at that. I don't want to stereotype women but women are comfortable mobilizing all of their friends in a way they might not feel comfortable leading a charge up the hill. And that's not all. It kind of levels the playing field. So many women are creating their own media sites. It's a low barrier of entry .

      I would say on balance much better. Look at Arab Spring - it was 18 year old Egyptian women leading that revolution from their cell phones and computers. Technology empowers women because you can lead really effectively online. Power is social online and women are really good at that. I don't want to stereotype women but women are comfortable mobilizing all of their friends in a way they might not feel comfortable leading a charge up the hill. And that's not all. It kind of levels the playing field. So many women are creating their own media sites. It's a low barrier of entry .

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi Naomi! Is there an update you can provide on Daily Clout? I think it's such a cool idea.

    Hi Naomi! Is there an update you can provide on Daily Clout? I think it's such a cool idea.

    • Naomi Wolf
      Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
      almost 3 years ago

      I'm so happy to share an update on Daily Clout. For people who may not be familiar with us yet, it's our tech company. And what we did is we developed this technology that scrapes the internet 24/7 for Federal and state bills and then makes them easily searchable in a data base, like Google. For example, you can do a search for Rape on Campus and showcase and embed in your blog posts the bills that are coming up. It's so cool - Also, if you're searching - whether for a Federal or state bill - you can cut and paste a snippet of code and you can place the bill in your article or put it in social media. You can tweet the bill sponsor or your representative. You can put in your zipcode and it auto populates who your representative is. We're now in the Huffington Post - that's 80 million readers. It's amazing the results that we're getting. We've had 8 elected officials react in 24-48 hours. Rep. Carolyn Maloney invited me to stand behind her when she rang the bell on the New York Stock Exchange after I embedded a billcam of her bill about gender transparency on corporate boards, in Forbes.com. I'm super excited about this new tool because our democracy is a mess. I saw that working on the Gore campaign. Bills are such a mess. They're 600 pages long. I've looked at other places in the world. So many Mogul followers live in emerging democracies. All around the world there are data bases of legislation that exist but they are difficult to get at, to access. In India, Brazil, around the world, there are a lot of fake -- meaning, inaccessible -- legislative data bases. I think this is a revolutionary technology and we're happy and proud. We're getting a lot of traction. If anyone wants to be part of our interns program, whether in person or globally, as a distance participant -- let us know or reach out to Haley Snyder on our site directly - dailyclout.com

      I'm so happy to share an update on Daily Clout. For people who may not be familiar with us yet, it's our tech company. And what we did is we developed this technology that scrapes the internet 24/7 for Federal and state bills and then makes them easily searchable in a data base, like Google. For example, you can do a search for Rape on Campus and showcase and embed in your blog posts the bills that are coming up. It's so cool - Also, if you're searching - whether for a Federal or state bill - you can cut and paste a snippet of code and you can place the bill in your article or put it in social media. You can tweet the bill sponsor or your representative. You can put in your zipcode and it auto populates who your representative is. We're now in the Huffington Post - that's 80 million readers. It's amazing the results that we're getting. We've had 8 elected officials react in 24-48 hours. Rep. Carolyn Maloney invited me to stand behind her when she rang the bell on the New York Stock Exchange after I embedded a billcam of her bill about gender transparency on corporate boards, in Forbes.com. I'm super excited about this new tool because our democracy is a mess. I saw that working on the Gore campaign. Bills are such a mess. They're 600 pages long. I've looked at other places in the world. So many Mogul followers live in emerging democracies. All around the world there are data bases of legislation that exist but they are difficult to get at, to access. In India, Brazil, around the world, there are a lot of fake -- meaning, inaccessible -- legislative data bases. I think this is a revolutionary technology and we're happy and proud. We're getting a lot of traction. If anyone wants to be part of our interns program, whether in person or globally, as a distance participant -- let us know or reach out to Haley Snyder on our site directly - dailyclout.com

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  • Tiffany Pham
    Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, USA

    Do you plan on working with model Emily Ratajkowski? I've been hearing that she is a long-time admirer of yours. Love the idea of you two collaborating further.

    Do you plan on working with model Emily Ratajkowski? I've been hearing that she is a long-time admirer of yours. Love the idea of you two collaborating further.

    • Naomi Wolf
      Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
      almost 3 years ago

      What an interesting idea! I really enjoyed talking with Emily for Harper's Bazaar and a feminist. I don't have any plans to work with her but I never close the door on any interesting projects that come my way.

      What an interesting idea! I really enjoyed talking with Emily for Harper's Bazaar and a feminist. I don't have any plans to work with her but I never close the door on any interesting projects that come my way.

  • Arielle London
    Arielle London Artist/Rapper/Writer
    almost 3 years ago

    Naomi, I am an activist and political scientist who has found herself currently homeless. Having now been on the inside of female shelters I see the crisis facing women with a precision and understanding I did not have prior to becoming homeless one week ago. Considering that you are an established activist who earns for her social justice work, I feel as though I need to ask you this question: how should and can vocal female activists protect themselves and loved ones from harm? I have been a victim of identity theft, slander, unlawful confinement and torture, domestic violence, rape and physical abuse. I am asking this for both myself as I am only 5 years into the activism world and also on behalf of those women just getting started who do not want to experience these negative consequences of trying to further progression. You are an inspiration. Thank you for doing what you do. Best, Arielle

    Naomi, I am an activist and political scientist who has found herself currently homeless. Having now been on the inside of female shelters I see the crisis facing women with a precision and understanding I did not have prior to becoming homeless one week ago. Considering that you are an established activist who earns for her social justice work, I feel as though I need to ask you this question: how should and can vocal female activists protect themselves and loved ones from harm? I have been a victim of identity theft, slander, unlawful confinement and torture, domestic violence, rape and physical abuse. I am asking this for both myself as I am only 5 years into the activism world and also on behalf of those women just getting started who do not want to experience these negative consequences of trying to further progression. You are an inspiration. Thank you for doing what you do. Best, Arielle

    • Julie Wilder
      Julie Wilder Entrepreneur, Mother, Localist, Artist, Sovereign Sister
      almost 3 years ago Orlando, FL, United States

      GIRL. This is epidemic. One of the things I realized when I became a social justice oriented entrepreneur is the unspoken shadow of domestic violence that women entrepreneuers & women leaders in general are facing within their businesses or with romantic partners threatened by their power. It is kept quite because you don't want to hurt the business/cause etc. One resource you might find helpful from understanding how and why it happens is actually workplacebullying.org . I am SO sorry you are going through this. My heart hurts for you.

      GIRL. This is epidemic. One of the things I realized when I became a social justice oriented entrepreneur is the unspoken shadow of domestic violence that women entrepreneuers & women leaders in general are facing within their businesses or with romantic partners threatened by their power. It is kept quite because you don't want to hurt the business/cause etc. One resource you might find helpful from understanding how and why it happens is actually workplacebullying.org . I am SO sorry you are going through this. My heart hurts for you.

  • anderac
    almost 3 years ago

    Naomi Wolf, thanks for participating, I am a long time admirer. What do you think is the biggest threat to our children's wellbeing in today in Western Civilization? Drugs and other illicit substances, pornography, child trafficking, no-fault divorce, all threaten children/families, are capable of destabilizing a nuclear family and our children's future.

    Naomi Wolf, thanks for participating, I am a long time admirer. What do you think is the biggest threat to our children's wellbeing in today in Western Civilization? Drugs and other illicit substances, pornography, child trafficking, no-fault divorce, all threaten children/families, are capable of destabilizing a nuclear family and our children's future.

    • Naomi Wolf
      Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
      almost 3 years ago

      As a mom and just as a teacher and a mentor to young people, I think about this a lot. I'm not sure my list is the same as yours. These questions come from a good place on the ideological spectrum. Drugs -- I don't think we're in a druggier state than we were in any decade statistically. Ritalin and ADD medications - I'm more worried about those medications being systematically prescribed than I am about the occasional joint on a rooftop. Not that I would break the law. I'm very concerned about pornography. It's a big issue for young men and women. The science is in. There are these studies showing that pornography desensitizes men especially - erectile dysfunction, delayed ejaculation. Literally, their brains get hijacked. Over time, they're not able to be aroused by their girlfriends. I think that this has an incredibly profound effect on human relationships because intimacy is the last place we have to find each other that is not dictated by Hollywood or some marketer. I think sex is an incredibly revolutionary force and so is love and sexual love is the most revolutionary force - I put it up there with love of your children. And if you have a technology that drains that - I can't even measure that. Whether it's people bored with each other - The number of people who don't feel - They're so taken over by this other technology. Moving to your list, I'm not worried about the nuclear family. My parents are still together a million years later and obviously I believe that if you can be together for a lifetime, you should and that relationships should not be disposable. But I think kids need most a happy family in order to be happy and that can come in many configurations. I see more and more households involving divorce where the two households come together. And I think that kids don't care much that their parents are sleeping with each other. They care that their parents are going to be there for them. I think a lot about Africa. I saw the most desperately poor children in violent circumstances. It wasn't mom and dad inside this white picket fence. There were villages - in which family groupings were not related by blood and orphans were being taken in - but they all had a sense of belonging that was very, very strong and they had a sense of being cared for. I think the nuclear family has its own neuroses - as Freud pointed out. So I think it's very important for us in the West to keep in mind that we are not the only people who figured out how to raise children in this world.

      As a mom and just as a teacher and a mentor to young people, I think about this a lot. I'm not sure my list is the same as yours. These questions come from a good place on the ideological spectrum. Drugs -- I don't think we're in a druggier state than we were in any decade statistically. Ritalin and ADD medications - I'm more worried about those medications being systematically prescribed than I am about the occasional joint on a rooftop. Not that I would break the law. I'm very concerned about pornography. It's a big issue for young men and women. The science is in. There are these studies showing that pornography desensitizes men especially - erectile dysfunction, delayed ejaculation. Literally, their brains get hijacked. Over time, they're not able to be aroused by their girlfriends. I think that this has an incredibly profound effect on human relationships because intimacy is the last place we have to find each other that is not dictated by Hollywood or some marketer. I think sex is an incredibly revolutionary force and so is love and sexual love is the most revolutionary force - I put it up there with love of your children. And if you have a technology that drains that - I can't even measure that. Whether it's people bored with each other - The number of people who don't feel - They're so taken over by this other technology. Moving to your list, I'm not worried about the nuclear family. My parents are still together a million years later and obviously I believe that if you can be together for a lifetime, you should and that relationships should not be disposable. But I think kids need most a happy family in order to be happy and that can come in many configurations. I see more and more households involving divorce where the two households come together. And I think that kids don't care much that their parents are sleeping with each other. They care that their parents are going to be there for them. I think a lot about Africa. I saw the most desperately poor children in violent circumstances. It wasn't mom and dad inside this white picket fence. There were villages - in which family groupings were not related by blood and orphans were being taken in - but they all had a sense of belonging that was very, very strong and they had a sense of being cared for. I think the nuclear family has its own neuroses - as Freud pointed out. So I think it's very important for us in the West to keep in mind that we are not the only people who figured out how to raise children in this world.

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  • MaryPflumPeterson
    almost 3 years ago

    Hi Naomi - It's such an honor to have you taking part in this interview series. You bring so much to the table when it comes to women's issues. I'm wondering two things: 1) What do you believe are the biggest points of progress we've made as women since you wrote The Beauty Myth? and 2) What do you believe are the biggest challenges facing women in 2016?

    Hi Naomi - It's such an honor to have you taking part in this interview series. You bring so much to the table when it comes to women's issues. I'm wondering two things: 1) What do you believe are the biggest points of progress we've made as women since you wrote The Beauty Myth? and 2) What do you believe are the biggest challenges facing women in 2016?

    • Naomi Wolf
      Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
      almost 3 years ago

      Great questions. The biggest progress we've made - I'm just going to talk about Western Women right now - the biggest progress western women is - Gloria Steinem said the biggest changes come from within - The biggest progress is that women are really angry. They're aware of pay inequities, rape, sexual harassment. That complete - I think Western women are at the end of their tether with being humiliated. Bill Cosby and Roger Ailes - I think we're having a collective moment of 'Enough of this! Get your hands off of me!' I think it's a collective awareness of what rape and sexual assault and harassment are. So you see change following that - you see young women - Sign me up. I'm going to carry the mattress on my college campus. So globally I think women's biggest accomplishment is the rule of law in country after country - in India, in Morocco, Brazil, women are really - and so many millions of women are moving into middle classes - they're more aware, more than the west in a way, women in the developing world are really aware of the value of the rule of the law. Whether it's bridal burnings or dowry issues or trafficking or all the issues that women face globally. Biggest hurdles? Western women - Honestly I would say the biggest problems are addiction and numbing. There's consumerism. A lot of us are on antidepressants. Nothing wrong with antidepressants, but they're prescribed so much instead of women grieving. People are so distracted instead of feeling their feelings and fighting for social change. Globally, women's problems are the usual - rape, maternal death, global warming issues now - Those usual challenges. I wish I could restrict it to one hurdle in each category. I wish I could have a big list of positives and a tiny list of negatives. But there's a lot on both lists.

      Great questions. The biggest progress we've made - I'm just going to talk about Western Women right now - the biggest progress western women is - Gloria Steinem said the biggest changes come from within - The biggest progress is that women are really angry. They're aware of pay inequities, rape, sexual harassment. That complete - I think Western women are at the end of their tether with being humiliated. Bill Cosby and Roger Ailes - I think we're having a collective moment of 'Enough of this! Get your hands off of me!' I think it's a collective awareness of what rape and sexual assault and harassment are. So you see change following that - you see young women - Sign me up. I'm going to carry the mattress on my college campus. So globally I think women's biggest accomplishment is the rule of law in country after country - in India, in Morocco, Brazil, women are really - and so many millions of women are moving into middle classes - they're more aware, more than the west in a way, women in the developing world are really aware of the value of the rule of the law. Whether it's bridal burnings or dowry issues or trafficking or all the issues that women face globally. Biggest hurdles? Western women - Honestly I would say the biggest problems are addiction and numbing. There's consumerism. A lot of us are on antidepressants. Nothing wrong with antidepressants, but they're prescribed so much instead of women grieving. People are so distracted instead of feeling their feelings and fighting for social change. Globally, women's problems are the usual - rape, maternal death, global warming issues now - Those usual challenges. I wish I could restrict it to one hurdle in each category. I wish I could have a big list of positives and a tiny list of negatives. But there's a lot on both lists.

  • Maddy Bernstein
    almost 3 years ago

    What was your favorite memory from working in the White House? What's were the biggest lessons learned?

    What was your favorite memory from working in the White House? What's were the biggest lessons learned?

    • Naomi Wolf
      Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
      almost 3 years ago

      That's a good question. I was an informal adviser to the Clinton reelection in 1996 and formally with the Gore campaign in 2000 and I guess it was very exciting - especially the Gore campaign. Favorite? I can't say about the process in general but I had a favorite moment. It was definitely seeing how the sausage was made - seeing how A few interest groups affect outcomes. But what was exciting to me is that Gore was very idealistic. His idealism is very related to Mogul's mission. He said that he was very, very committed to antipoverty policies globally. This was a conversation that he and I were having, it was not a public speech. He said that the reason he was committed to antipoverty policy not just because it was the right thing to do but because these people were the future inventors and builders and innovators of an advanced profitable global civil society. I was so impressed with this idea; that you don't write off poor people - you invest in them. If I were to invest in anything right now, I would invest in young Moslem women. They are smart, entrepreneurial, tech-oriented, aspirational. Their stock is just going to rise and rise. I thought at that time: I'm glad I'm working for this man.

      That's a good question. I was an informal adviser to the Clinton reelection in 1996 and formally with the Gore campaign in 2000 and I guess it was very exciting - especially the Gore campaign. Favorite? I can't say about the process in general but I had a favorite moment. It was definitely seeing how the sausage was made - seeing how A few interest groups affect outcomes. But what was exciting to me is that Gore was very idealistic. His idealism is very related to Mogul's mission. He said that he was very, very committed to antipoverty policies globally. This was a conversation that he and I were having, it was not a public speech. He said that the reason he was committed to antipoverty policy not just because it was the right thing to do but because these people were the future inventors and builders and innovators of an advanced profitable global civil society. I was so impressed with this idea; that you don't write off poor people - you invest in them. If I were to invest in anything right now, I would invest in young Moslem women. They are smart, entrepreneurial, tech-oriented, aspirational. Their stock is just going to rise and rise. I thought at that time: I'm glad I'm working for this man.

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  • Natasha
    Natasha 💪🏻& 👊🏻 just like NYC
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Do you think female authors get paid the same amount as male authors?

    Do you think female authors get paid the same amount as male authors?

    • Naomi Wolf
      Naomi Wolf Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign
      almost 3 years ago

      (laughs) I love this question already. I don't think there are any studies of that that I've ever seen. But my guess is that the answer is both more and less. More because more women read substantially, and there are more women published than male writers. So as an Aggregate, probably more but individually, probably less. I did read something today that relates to this: It is that men that ask for raises get raises 25% of the time more often than women who ask for raises. I mention that because women writers - it's a weird market, in that each book is negotiated. So I'm sure that over time when men negotiate they get more than do women writers. It sucks. (laughs)

      (laughs) I love this question already. I don't think there are any studies of that that I've ever seen. But my guess is that the answer is both more and less. More because more women read substantially, and there are more women published than male writers. So as an Aggregate, probably more but individually, probably less. I did read something today that relates to this: It is that men that ask for raises get raises 25% of the time more often than women who ask for raises. I mention that because women writers - it's a weird market, in that each book is negotiated. So I'm sure that over time when men negotiate they get more than do women writers. It sucks. (laughs)

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Naomi Wolf
Bestselling Author, Journalist, Formal Advisor to a Presidential Campaign

One of the world’s most influential feminists and the bestselling author of The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf doesn’t just comment on the world’s most pervasive problems, she aims to solve them. Dr. Wolf gives people specific ways to change the world by encouraging people to take charge of their lives [...]

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