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Naomi Wolf: Angelina Archetype of Liberated Woman


"Her persona hits an unprecedented level of global resonance — and makes women want to be with her and be her at the same time — because she has created a life narrative that is not just personal. Rather, it is archetypal. And the archetype is one that really, for the first time in modern culture, brings together almost every aspect of female empowerment and liberation."




— Naomi Wolf in Harper's Bazaar on why so many women find Angelina Jolie intriguing, beyond the fact of her beauty. Jolie, Wolf argues, is proof on some level that women can have it all. She’s a mother, a sex symbol, a humanitarian, and has been in both conventional and unconventional relationships. Finally, she seems unapologetic and has yet to be “punished” for her experiments as the stars of the past were.

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vpostrel vpostrel 6 years
The article is more about Naomi Wolf than Angelina Jolie and demonstrates glamour at work: http://www.deepglamour.net/deep_glamour/2009/06/naomi-wolf-and-the-phenomenology-of-angelina-jolie.html#more
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 6 years
the first thing that came to mind was "because she's sexy without being slutty.. oh wait, she's a husband stealer." While i do like her, and what she's made of herself (come on. that's impressive!) all i know about who she really personally is, is someone who really could have been the goth girl in my high school.
sloane220 sloane220 6 years
no, they weren't to me. but if your meaning was clear to others, then i guess i just expounded on it.
TidalWave TidalWave 6 years
were my quotations not clear enough?
sloane220 sloane220 6 years
i think she does things a lot of others would be censured for because of the way she looks. @tidalwave- i hope by "lesbians" you mean barsexuals : drunk idiotic and pathetic women who make out solely for the titillation of men, not real lesbians who may or may not be considered hot by society's standards but who's sexuality has nothing to do with men.
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 6 years
I don't want to be her OR be with her. I think she one of many modern women who fits into this archetype. She's done some admirable things but there are other (albeit less glamorous) women I look up to much more.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 6 years
Yeah, I suppose women can have it all AFTER they are already worth millions and millions of dollars. There is no way Angelina would be able to have six kids, travel across the globe, work, do humanitarian stuff AND have a relationship if she didn't have the money to pay nannies assistants or to afford having everyone travel together to follow her work.
kcmosinki kcmosinki 6 years
i don't admire any woman who dates/flirts with a man who's married, i'm not putting the blame entirely on her I also lost respect for Brad over that. I think she embodies the power that looks, connections and good pr can get you. that said, i think she's a good actress but that's it.
TidalWave TidalWave 6 years
She isn't punished, because she's hot. This is the same logic that guys like "lesbians". You know, hot girls who make out.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Makes a lot of sense, actually.
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