(Pluralist) Naomi Wolf, a feminist author and former advisor to President Bill Clinton, learned this week she’d misunderstood a legal term that underpinned a major thesis in her latest book, “Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love.”
Making matters worse, the embarrassing revelation was broadcast live to countless listeners on BBC’s Radio 3 during an interview with host Matthew Sweet.
Wolf’s book, which is slated for a mid-June release, chronicles “how a single English law in 1857” helped stigmatize and criminalize gay relationships.
“Until 1857, the State did not link the idea of ‘homosexuality’ to deviancy,” reads the Amazon description of “Outrages.”
“Before 1857 it wasn’t ‘homosexuality’ that was a crime, but simply the act of sodomy. But in a single stroke, not only was love between men illegal, but anything referring to this love became obscene, unprintable, unspeakable,” the description adds.
As Sweet describes it in the Radio 3 interview, the execution of gay men in England during the Victorian era is a “major plank” in Wolf’s book.
There’s just one problem.