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Booksmith presents Dr. Naomi Wolf for the launch of Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love
San Francisco, CA
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Booksmith presents Dr. Naomi Wolf for the launch of Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love
Booksmith hosts a special evening with Dr. Naomi Wolf as she discusses her new book, Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love. With her in conversation is Shahid Buttar. Please join us!

Please note: This is a ticketed event. The price of admission is equal to the cost of Outrages, which is included with each ticket.


Until 1857, the State did not link the idea of homosexuality to deviancy. In the same year, the concept of the obscene was coined. New York Times best-selling author Naomi Wolf's Outrages is the story, brilliantly told, of why this two-pronged State repression took hold -- first in England and spreading quickly to America -- and why it was attached so dramatically, for the first time, to homosexual men. Before 1857, it wasn't homosexuality that was a crime, but the act of sodomy. But in a single stroke, not only did love between men become illegal, but anything referring to this love also was ruled obscene, unprintable, unspeakable. Wolf paints the dramatic ways this played out among a bohemian group of sexual dissidents, including American poet Walt Whitman and closeted English critic John Addington Symonds, as, decades before the infamous 1895 trial of Oscar Wilde, dire prison terms became the government's penalty for homosexuality. Most powerfully, Wolf recounts how a dying Symonds helped write the book on sexual inversion that created our modern understanding of homosexuality. And she argues that his secret memoir, mined here fully for the first time, stands as the first gay rights manifesto in the West.

Naomi Wolf's most recent books include Vagina, Give Me Liberty, and The End of America, all New York Times best-sellers, and of the landmark international bestseller, The Beauty Myth. She lives in New York City.

Shahid Buttar leads EFF's grassroots, student, and community outreach efforts. From 2009 to 2015 he led the Bill of Rights Defense Committee as Executive Director. In 2018, Shahid ran for Congress, seeking to represent California's 12th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He received over 17,000 votes in the primary election. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 2003, where he grew immersed in the movement to stop the war in Iraq, Shahid worked for a decade in Washington, D.C. He first worked in private practice for a California-based law firm, with public interest litigation projects advancing campaign finance reform and marriage equality for same-sex couples (as early as 2004, when LGBT rights remained politically marginal). From 2005 to 2008, he helped build a national progressive legal network and managed the communications team at the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy, before founding the program to combat racial & religious profiling at Muslim Advocates in 2008. For more about Shahid:


** Please note **

- This is an all-ages event.

- The duration of this event is up to the author.

- Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

- 1 ticket = 1 book, no exceptions. The book must be purchased from Booksmith. If you already have a copy of Outrages, remember that books make great gifts! If you've already gifted Outrages to all of your friends, it's ok to buy a different book from Booksmith instead -- in that case, please write events AT booksmith DOT com.

Thank you!


Booksmith (View)
1644 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
United States


Arts > Literary
Other > Health & Wellness
Other > Political

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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