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Naomi Wolf

Datum narození: 12. listopad 1962

Naomi Wolfová je americká spisovatelka, intelektuálka a politická konzultantka. Hlásí se k feminismu a prosazuje tzv. progresivní politiku. Ve své poslední publikaci stále více poukazuje na procesy vedoucí k utlačování demokracie ve Spojených státech amerických.

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„Samozřejmě že žena, která se rozhodne být na plný úvazek matkou, může být šťastná a zaslouží si náš respekt. Mateřství je to nejkreativnější zaměstnání plné výzev, kterému se můžeme věnovat. Cílem je přetvořit svět tak, aby naše možnosti nebyly tak omezené.“

„Women who love themselves are threatening; but men who love real women, more so.“ The Beauty Myth


„A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one.“ The Beauty Myth

„Sadly, the signals that allow men and women to find the partners who most please them are scrambled by the sexual insecurity initiated by beauty thinking. A woman who is self-conscious can't relax to let her sensuality come into play. If she is hungry she will be tense. If she is "done up" she will be on the alert for her reflection in his eyes. If she is ashamed of her body, its movement will be stilled. If she does not feel entitled to claim attention, she will not demand that airspace to shine in. If his field of vision has been boxed in by "beauty"--a box continually shrinking--he simply will not see her, his real love, standing right before him.“ The Beauty Myth

„Men are visually aroused by women's bodies and less sensitive to their arousal by women's personalities because they are trained early into that response, while women are less visually aroused and more emotionally aroused because that is their training. This asymmetry in sexual education maintains men's power in the myth: They look at women's bodies, evaluate, move on; their own bodies are not looked at, evaluated, and taken or passed over. But there is no "rock called gender" responsible for that; it can change so that real mutuality--an equal gaze, equal vulnerability, equal desire--brings heterosexual men and women together.“ The Beauty Myth

„Beauty provokes harassment, the law says, but it looks through men's eyes when deciding what provokes it.“ The Beauty Myth

„What becomes of a man who acquires a beautiful woman, with her "beauty" his sole target? He sabotages himself. He has gained no friend, no ally, no mutual trust: She knows quite well why she has been chosen. He has succeeded in buying something: the esteem of other men who find such an acquisition impressive.“ The Beauty Myth

„A cultural fixation on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty but an obsession about female obedience.“


„A consequence of female self-love is that the woman grows convinced of social worth. Her love for her body will be unqualified, which is the basis of female identification. If a woman loves her own body, she doesn't grudge what other women do with theirs; if she loves femaleness, she champions its rights. It's true what they say about women: Womeninsatiable. Wegreedy. Our appetites do need to be controlled if things are to stay in place. If the world were ours too, if we believed we could get away with it, weask for more love, more sex, more money, more commitment to children, more food, more care. These sexual, emotional, and physical demandsbegin to extend to social demands: payment for care of the elderly, parental leave, childcare, etc. The force of female desire would be so great that society would truly have to reckon with what women want, in bed and in the world.“ The Beauty Myth

„A Mother who radiates self-love and self-acceptance actually VACCINATES her daughter against low self-esteem.“

„For I conclude that the enemy is not lipstick, but guilt itself; that we deserve lipstick, if we want it, AND free speech; we deserve to be sexual AND serious--or whatever we please; we are entitled to wear cowboy boots to our own revolution.“

„To live in a culture in which women are routinely naked where men aren't is to learn inequality in little ways all day long. So even if we agree that sexual imagery is in fact a language, it is clearly one that is already heavily edited to protect men's sexual--and hence social--confidence while undermining that of women.“ The Beauty Myth


„The beauty myth is always actually prescribing behaviour and not appearance.“ The Beauty Myth

„Whatever is deeply, essentially female--the life in a woman's expression, the feel of her flesh, the shape of her breasts, the transformations after childbirth of her skin--is being reclassified as ugly, and ugliness as disease. These qualities are about an intensification of female power, which explains why they are being recast as a diminution of power. At least a third of a woman's life is marked with aging; about a third of her body is made of fat. Both symbols are being transformed into operable condition--women will only feel healthy if we are two thirds of the women we could be. How can an "ideal" be about women if it is defined as how much of a female sexual characteristicexist on the woman's body, and how much of a female lifeshow on her face?“ The Beauty Myth

„Women could probably be trained quite easily to see men first as sexual things. If girls never experienced sexual violence; if a girl's only window on male sexuality were a stream of easily available, well-lit, cheap images of boys slightly older than herself, in their late teens, smiling encouragingly and revealing cuddly erect penises the color of roses or mocha, she might well look at, masturbate to, and, as an adult, "need" beauty pornography based on the bodies of men. And if those initiating penises were represented to the girl as pneumatically erectible, swerving neither left nor right, tasting of cinnamon or forest berries, innocent of random hairs, and ever ready; if they were presented alongside their measurements, length, and circumference to the quarter inch; if they seemed to be available to her with no troublesome personality attached; if her sweet pleasure seemed to be the only reason for them to exist--then a real young man would probably approach the young woman's bed with, to say the least, a failing heart.“ The Beauty Myth

„She wins who calls herself beautiful and challenges the world to change to truly see her.“ The Beauty Myth

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