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Dissent of the Day: Naomi Wolf Disputes Characterization of Her Views on the Burqa

Posted on September 2 2009 7:40 am
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Naomi Wolf

Naomi Wolf

Feminist author Naomi Wolf took issue with Jamie Glazov’s post about her:

Naomi Wolf here. Mr Horowitz, you and I have met, and I am simply appalled at this misrepresentation. I am writing to ask strongly that you remove this falsehood from your site and correct the record. Ms Chesler’s piece is factually inaccurate as is this. I have never said any such thing. I do not find the burqa `sexy’ and do not wish to institutionalize it and it is shameful that you and she would traduce discourse with these kinds of falsehoods. In my original piece — which neither of you see fit to reproduce fully — I note that Muslim women struggle with such serious forms of oppression as infanticide, genital mutilation, legal inequities and so forth and that many of them have told me that they wish that Westerners would focus on support for these issues rather than what they wear. I also am making the point that we should listen to Muslim feminists rather than assuming we know what their priorities are. I insist you correct this and I will ask the same of Ms Chesler. I am happy to have a serious debate about these issues whenever you like but this is not the way to advance intellectual debate about important issues.

If Ms. Wolf would like to expand on her comment she is invited to do so by contacting NewsReal’s Assistant Managing Editor David Swindle at DavidSwindle [@] NewsReal is committed to accuracy and encourages intellectual discussion.

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