It’s on the stands–Naomi Wolf’s article in New York magazine accusing 73-year-old Yale Shakespeare scholar Harold Bloom of having sexually harassed her as a student lo these 20 years ago. (See The Other Charlotte’s Wicked Witch Day: Naomi Wolf and Omarosa, Feb. 20.) Unfortunately, the article isn’t up on NY’s website yet, but as soon as it appears, we at InkWell promise to provide a link. Meanwhile, libertarian Catholic blogger Kathy Shaidle has e-mailed me to suggest a a reason for Naomi’s bizarre accusation, which included trying to file a formal harassment complaint with Yale (only to be told that Yale’s statute of limitations expired some 18 years ago). Kathy’s theory (shared by me): Naomi has lost it.
“Did you catch her on the Dennis Miller panel a few weeks ago? She and David Horowitz had a bizarre run-in. He turned on his stool to face her while she was making a point and she snapped, ‘Don’t try to shut me up!’ He looked flabbergasted: ‘What did I do?’ ‘It is all in your body language,’ she snapped again, indicating his movement in his chair. In the voice you’d use when foolishly trying to reason with a child or young teen, he replied, ‘But Naomi, during the commercial break, you instructed me to face you the next time you spoke. I was trying to do just that.’
“A few minutes later, she pulled some women’s studies freshman stunt, whining about ‘when a woman would get to say something on this panel?’ When the former San Francisco (is it Willie Brown??) made some lame comeback, like, ‘Well, you sure are a woman all right’, looking her up and down in an admittedly no-class way, she said, and I quote, ‘That’s actionable!!'”
Interestingly enough, the U.K. Guardian reports a similar instance of television-connected bizarro behavior by Naomi last year:
“Last year Ms Wolf consulted her lawyers after doing an interview with the TV presenter Ali G who told her that if women had equal rights at work, ‘they’ll want them at home’ as well. She claimed she had been used for racist humour.”
“I am convinced she is on some kind of medication, or just off some kind of medication. Or, more likely, she was just acting like so many University-Trained Professional Feminists I’ve met in my life.”
So the big question remains:
Is Naomi Wolf off her meds? Or is she on too many meds? We welcome speculation from our readers.