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Feminist Tries To Promote Book on Live Show, Host Humiliates Her in Front of Entire World Instead

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Feminist author Naomi Wolf was humiliated live on a BBC radio program after the host pointed out that information in her book is incorrect.

Wolf’s book “Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love” asserted that some people in 19th-century England received the death penalty for being gay.

However, as BBC host and historian Matthew Sweet pointed out, the feminist writer misinterpreted the old legal records. “I found several dozen executions,” Wolf said during a Thursday BBC interview, referring to supposed executions for sodomy in 19th-century England.

“I don’t think you’re right about this,” Sweet said. He pointed to the case of Thomas Silver, a 14-year-old boy, who Wolf said was executed for committing sodomy.

“Thomas Silver wasn’t executed,” Sweet said. “Death recorded is what’s in most of these cases that you’ve identified as executions. It doesn’t mean that he was executed.”

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Wolf’s entire premise relied on the fact that gay people were executed in 19-century England, but her evidence was wrong.

Did Matthew Sweet do the right thing?

Sweet explained that “death recorded” was a category used by judges to “abstain from pronouncing sentences of death on any capital convict whom they considered to be a fit subject for pardon.”

In other words, the judge wrote down “death recorded” but didn’t sentence the gay teenager to death.

“I don’t think any of the executions you’ve identified here actually happened,” Sweet said.

“Well, that’s a really important thing to investigate,” Wolf said. “What is your understanding of what ‘death recorded’ means?”

Sweet cited a newspaper and prison records about Silver that proved he wasn’t executed. “I think it is quite a big problem with your argument,” he said.

After the interview, Wolf admitted via Twitter that she made a mistake.

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Feminists love to complain about “mansplaining,” but Wolf would have published misinformation if it wasn’t for Sweet’s explanation.

This isn’t the first time Wolf peddled misinformation — her history of pushing far-left conspiracy theories is well-documented.

Even left-wing media outlet Vox described some of Wolf’s beliefs as “insane” in 2014.

Wolf once suggested on Facebook that ISIS beheading videos were false flags.

Like other feminists, Wolf is prone to misinformation, so it was satisfying to hear her being corrected on air.

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Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a background in history, education and philosophy. He has led multiple conservative groups and is dedicated to the principles of free speech, privacy and peace.
Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a passion for free speech, privacy and peace. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.A. in History. While at Wooster, he served as the Treasurer for the Wooster Conservatives and the Vice President for the Young Americans for Liberty.
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