Thursday, March 16, 2006

Update: Naomi Wolf

Naomi Wolf answers questions about her Gossip Girls essay here. She should have quit while she was ahead.

2 comments:

Judith said...

Yes, I see your point, Roger, but I do think she ought to be given credit for at least attempting to grapple with, as June said on child_lit, the sorts of questions we "in the field" ask every day. More than most non-expert commentators ususally do. (I don't know if you've read my take on the original article, but I do think some of the negative responses to the article were because people ASSUME that non-experts are always going to be contentious and uninformed and provocative-in-a-bad-way.)

Mind you, it leads her down some strange paths. Suggesting the labelling of books seems odd (to say the least), coming from a self-confessed free speech advocate...

rindambyers said...

Ay me! "Rudeness and nasty behavior?" Has this woman EVER been a preteen? Or a teenager? Seems to me, long ago, at those ages, there was a lot of rudeness and nasty behavior going on anyway without the Gossip Girls....or the media--only it was more covered up. Speaking strictly of course as someone who once was a teenager girl...and I think parents ought to concentrate more on living what they believe before and with their chidlren rather than parenting their children by preaching rules and regulations. Not that children don't need limits, but those limits aren't going to work without good role models--and INVOLVED parenting.