Finally, women have the neuroscientific knowledge to liberate their bodies from patriarchy's social control and culture of shameThe Guardian | On Making Change
The brain science of the vagina heralds a new sexual revolution
Why is this is a big deal? The Feminist Movement that began in Sixties the was the extension of a trend begun by the Women's Suffrage Movement of the 19th century that eventually succeeded in getting women enfranchised. Since then women have also taken their places on the political scene, many serving in legislature, ministries, and as a prime ministers. It has also been helpful that Britain has been rule by a queen for much of recent memory.
However, since the inception of feminism or "women's lib," the women's movement has been not only a political force but a source of personal empowerment for a great many women. It is not by accident that the Sexual Revolution took place in this context as well.
Women's suffrage is now called "first wave feminism," and the feminism that began in the Sixties, "second wave feminism." "Third wave feminism" began in the 1990's and continues into the present. The firsts and second wave were spearheaded by white Western women and their expressions were culturally defined. Third wave feminism is global and encompasses many views of femininity. The basic aim of this wave of feminism is to throw off patriarchy finally and permanently, globally.
Feminism is a dialectal response to a traditionally imposed master-slave relationship, in which women (and children) were treated culturally and even legally as men's chattel. Quite predictably, there is also a dialectically response to that also, with people like Rush Limbaugh leading the debate from the masculine side and sounding like a "male chauvinist pig" in femi-speak.
Naomi Wolf's work needs to be read in this context. It is significant in that it brings to light scientific research showing that feminism is not "just" anti-traditional and countercultural. It is based in physiological psychology, and it is not going away. This trend is a big deal, and any cultural entity that stands in the way of it is on the wrong side of history. Beware GOP, and proceed at your own risk.
The rise of the woman is no mystery to business people, since they are well aware that the majority of purchases of consumer goods are now either by women or heavily influenced by women. Women are now also taking their places in management and the professions. This trend is having profound cultural and institutional influences economically, as well as socially and politically as women increasingly find themselves and come into their own power.