The last thing we need is more fear, says the journalist and editor-in-chief of the UK’s feminist magazine.
In a speech to a group of women in London on Saturday, writer, artist and feminist Naomi Wolf, a founding member of the organisation Women Against Feminism, told a packed house of female academics, writers and journalists that they should be confident about speaking up against sexism and misogyny, because it is often a part of what defines a woman.
Wolf, the author of ‘Sisterhood of the Oppressed’, ‘The Vagina Monologues’, ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’ and ‘Why Feminism is the Answer’, said that the idea of a woman speaking up about sexism, abuse, misogyny and abuse in her community was something that had always been in the back of our minds.
“We are all aware of the ways that some of our communities have become patriarchal and sexist, but in a way, it is a necessary evil,” she said.
“I believe we are all in a position where we need to speak out.
Wolf said that she was inspired by her mother who had been forced to leave her home when her family was invaded by a Nazi. “
It is the only way to be heard, the only place we can go for support.”
Wolf said that she was inspired by her mother who had been forced to leave her home when her family was invaded by a Nazi.
She said she had a vision of a world where women were respected, safe and wanted.
“I think we have the potential to do a lot more.
If we do speak out, we can have a powerful impact,” she added.
Wolf spoke about her mother’s experiences, as she did so, of being abused by her family and being threatened.
She said that many women had to leave their homes, including her mother, because they could not be seen to be a threat.
“My mother, she never wanted to see anyone else hurt,” she recalled.
Wolf was also touched by the support her mother received from friends, family and the media. “
She was so frightened.”
Wolf was also touched by the support her mother received from friends, family and the media.
“When you are a feminist and you know that you are doing something that is brave, you are often called on by women to be bold,” she explained.
“It is amazing to think that when my mother spoke out, people listened and applauded her.
It is amazing that it happened.”