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Naomi Wolf

  • Beauty is a currency system like the gold standard. Like any economy, it is determined by politics and in the modern age in the West it is the last, best belief system that keeps male dominance intact.

  • To ask women to become unnaturally thin is to ask them to relinquish their sexuality.

  • Pain is real when you get other people to believe in it. If no one believes in it but you, your pain is madness or hysteria or your own unfeminine inadequacy. Women have learned to submit to pain by hearing authority figures — doctors, priests, psychiatrists — tell us that what we feel is not pain.

  • ... a white person who claims to have no impediment of vision in this country is not, I think, telling the whole truth. And when it comes to race relations, not telling the whole truth about the fog one inhabits slows down the work of groping forward.

    • Naomi Wolf,
    • in Marita Golden and Susan Richards Shreve, eds., Skin Deep ()
  • Excellence, to me, is the state of grace that can descend only when one tunes out all the world's clamor, listens to an inward voice one recognizes as wiser than one's own, and transcribes without fear.

    • Naomi Wolf,
    • in Lorne Adrian, ed., The Most Important Thing I Know ()
  • I did not imagine that pregnant women were 'naturally' any more sensitive or exalted than people in any other condition; only it seemed as if — perhaps because we are in such a twilight state, a melting down and reconstituting of the self — there was more opportunity to hear strains from what must be the other side, the moral music of the sphere.

  • Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking.

    • Naomi Wolf,
    • speech, Scripps College ()

Naomi Wolf, U.S. writer, political consultant

(1962)