I was surprised that Naomi Wolf's position as adviser to Al Gore's campaign is considered front-page news [Nov. 1]. And I was dismayed by your paper's expose slant and your labeling of Wolf as a "controversial feminist." It smacks a bit of a witch hunt, and I'm not sure why hiring an accomplished feminist author should raise eyebrows. Gore's campaign should be praised for reaching out to an important constituency--young women--who while they might not label themselves feminist (and are probably less likely to do so given your negative coverage) most often support feminist goals of equality for all.
Your portrayal of Wolf's oeuvre is sensationalized and simplified. While her book "Promiscuities" may have discussed teenagers and masturbation (as you highlighted in the second paragraph), more importantly it dealt with how to encourage healthy female sexuality in a society that promulgates ambivalent, unhealthy and objectifying images of women. The perspective promoted by Wolf would go far in improving women's health and reducing sexual violence through empowering girls and giving them a voice. I hope your coverage of Wolf and the Gore campaign does not contribute to silencing this voice.
Ceci Connolly's biased front-page article "Controversial Feminist Paid by Gore Camp" goes so far as to refer to feminist Naomi Wolf's "tentacles." Connolly pointed out that Wolf has criticized cosmetic companies for harming women's self-image. Perhaps your paper is more to blame if it thinks referring to women in bestial terms helps it hype a story.
--Jason F. Dickerson