Naomi Wolf has created quite a stir by alleging that Harold Bloom sexually harassed her when she was an undergraduate at Yale twenty years ago. Bloom has called it a “vicious lie.” There’s no way for me to assess the validity of the claim itself, but I must say I agree wholeheartedly with Camile Paglia on this:
“I just feel itÃ¢€™s indecent that if Naomi Wolf did not have the courage to pursue the matter at the time, or in the 1990Ã¢€™s, and put her own reputation on the line, then to bring all of this down on a man who is in his 70Ã¢€™s and has health problemsÃ¢€”who has become a culture hero to readers in the humanities around the worldÃ¢€”to drag him into a Ã¢€˜he said/she saidÃ¢€™ scenario so late in the game, to me demonstrates a lack of proportion and a basic sense of fair play,” said Ms. Paglia, who is professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she said she helped institute that universityÃ¢€™s sexual-harassment policies in the 1980s.
“At the beginning of the 90Ã¢€™s, people said, Ã¢€˜Oh, Naomi Wolf, this great thinker,Ã¢€™” said Ms. Paglia. “But what sheÃ¢€™s managed to do in 10 years is marginalize herself as a chronicler of teenage angst. She doesnÃ¢€™t want to leave that magic island when she was the ripening teenager. How many times do we have to relive Naomi WolfÃ¢€™s growing up? How many books, how many articles, Naomi, are you going to impose on us so we have to be dragged back to your teenage-heartbreak years? This is regressive! ItÃ¢€™s childish! Move on! Move on! Get on to menopause next!”
Quite right. Wolf has managed to go on to a Rhodes Scholarship, several best-selling schlock books, and garnering princely sums as Al Gore’s fashion adviser. It’s time to give the Little Miss Victim shtick a rest.
Via Andrew Sullivan