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Posted on 12/30/2013 11:05:21 AM PST by KeyLargo
Camille Paglia: A Feminist Defense of Masculine Virtues
The cultural critic on why ignoring the biological differences between men and women risks undermining Western civilization.
By Bari Weiss
Updated Dec. 28, 2013 10:46 p.m. ET
'What you're seeing is how a civilization commits suicide," says Camille Paglia. This self-described "notorious Amazon feminist" isn't telling anyone to Lean In or asking Why Women Still Can't Have It All. No, her indictment may be as surprising as it is wide-ranging: The military is out of fashion, Americans undervalue manual labor, schools neuter male students, opinion makers deny the biological differences between men and women, and sexiness is dead. And that's just 20 minutes of our three-hour conversation.
When Ms. Paglia, now 66, burst onto the national stage in 1990 with the publishing of "Sexual Personae," she immediately established herself as a feminist who was the scourge of the movement's establishment, a heretic to its orthodoxy. Pick up the 700-page tome, subtitled "Art and Decadence From Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson, " and it's easy to see why. "If civilization had been left in female hands," she wrote, "we would still be living in grass huts."
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This barren old woman has made a career promoting absurdity and perversity. She should never be taken seriously by any decent person. The women who were influenced by her vile and odd perspective ave suffered greatly.
It’s shameful that a lesbian has to speak out about the nuetering of our men and culture in America.
That may be, but she’s making valid points in the article. Did you read it? If not, do it, and then tell me where it’s wrong.
She isn’t reinventing the wheel. Those “points” are well known and practiced by any literate conservative. There is absolutely no need to give this weird narcissist any recognition or heed.
Actually, despite her lifestyle, Paglia has been a very staunch supporter of keep gender roles separate and has admonished feminists and liberals for wanting to neuter boys. She’s also been a vocal advocate for more religious (specifically Christian) expression in arts and in schools and a staunch defender of free speech..
She has routinely called out liberals and feminists for their supposed support for equality for women, but their total silence on Islamic honor killings and treatment of women in general.
The woman gets it, and is a staunch defender of Western civilization. So, while I disagree with her a lot of the time political, and I do not condone her lifestyle choices, I’m happy that she understands the threat the modern liberal movement poses to the country.
I adore Camile Paglia. I don’t always agree with her, as I do here, but I admire her honesty and intellectual rigor.
While that may be (and probably is) true; why don’t I hear it cried from the mountaintops from our “CONservative” leaders?
Preaching to the choir is just that.
Probably saw the weirdness they were producing and at least a glimmer of light shined into her window...
It is kind of like the Clinton era when old Trotskeyite Chris Hitchens had a stomach full of Clinton and his personal vile nature. We felt that his writings, on target as they were, had to have discussion and support even though his history wasn’t in the conservative struggle.
Our support of Hitchens didn’t meant we wanted him to succeed in war crimes tribunals on Kissenger just because we admired his critique of Willie.
Paglia is in the same mold. She is perverse but at least on this issue, on target.
Now she is old, she wants her little slave men to be able to pick the burdens. Disgusting.
How about the war against birth masquerading as choice?
I was just stating last night that I may not agree with everything she has to say, however I do very much respect her intellectual style. I always have done so. I held Paglia up as an exemplar of intellectual honesty. Nobody liked what I had to say. Maybe I was wrong, but my point was that the method may be more important than the conclusion. Bringing out Kepler and his use of musical clefs in astronomical explanations probably did me in. I would rather lose an argument fair and square, though, on purely rational grounds, than having to resort to shouting and firing a pistol into the ceiling.
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Date of Birth 2 April 1947 , Endicott, New York, USA
Birth Name Camille Anna Paglia
Nickname Hurricane Camille
Height 5’ 3” (1.60 m)
Mini Bio (1)
Author, social critic, avowed feminist, and teacher Camille Anna Paglia was born on 2 April 1947 in Endicott, New York, to Pasquale and Lydia Paglia, who had immigrated to the United States from Italy. She has published “Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson”, “Sex, Art, and American Culture”, “Vamps & Tramps: New Essays”, “The Birds, a study of Alfred Hitchcock” and “Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-Three of the World’s Best Poems”. She is a contributing editor at Interview magazine and has written articles on art, literature, popular culture, feminism, and politics for newspapers and magazines around the world. Paglia is a professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is currently at work on a new collection of essays, among other things. She’s also starred in the short film “Dr. Paglia” (1992), directed by Monika Treut.
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Personal Quotes (5)
There is no female Mozart because there is no female Jack the Ripper.
A woman simply is, but a man must become.
When I was a child, my father taught me to put up my fists like a boy and to be prepared to defend myself at all times.
Manhood coerced into sensitivity is no manhood at all.
[observation, 2013] Pop is suffering from the same malady as the art world, which is stuck on the tired old rubric that shock automatically confers value. But those once proud avant-garde gestures have lost their relevance in our diffuse and technology-saturated era, in which there is no longer an ossified high-culture establishment to rebel against. On the contrary, the fine arts are alarmingly distant or marginal to most young people today.
Still on the fence about the utility of firing a pistol into the ceiling as punctuation, though. I've had the urge more than once.
Every time I have discharged a pistol cartridge into the ceiling to punctuate an important point, I have lost a friend. Sometimes it was well worth it. My regrets, though, are a longer list.
Certainly hope you are not impressed or fascinated by this gray old fraud. Like most post menopausal lesbians, she is tormented by the reality that she never procreated and in her pathetic subset of deviancy that she never gave birth to a son.
i think she is a hoot. just ordered her bbook from the library and, if i like it, will order her art history book too.
I don’t make a judgement of her sexual proclivities
but her mind is sharp and she speaks well.
She has had cancer I believe?
I would love to engage her in conversation but I don’t
know if I could hold her attention for very long.
No. But plenty of other freepers are apparently.
I doubt very much that I could hold her attention for very long in a conversation either; probably very few people could.
Sorry about that...the image you posted, however, is quite funny. Thanks for the good natured ribbing. Happy New Year!
If you had read the article, you would know that she has a son. His name is Lucien.
When I was a young mother I read the following (I don’t remember where): If you want to turn a feminist into a conservative, give her a son.
Lucien was adopted. Huge difference from giving birth in this case.