12/30/2013

Camille Paglia: PC Feminization Is Undermining Western Civilization

Posted by Brian

An excellent read!  Camille Paglia is someone I have admired for a number of years. While I don't agree with her on many things, she is a great thinker, and offers unique perspectives on a range of political and social topics.
For these reasons, when I saw her name in the headline, I was immediately drawn to it. She doesn't disappoint.
In what Rush Limbaugh would call the "chickification" of America, Paglia describes how education in America, from kindergarten through university, have developed gender curriculum which is essentially anti-male, and "turning boys into neuters".
Paglia may have a valid point, and one need look no further than the recent photos of Barack and Michelle Obama in South Africa to see exactly what she is talking about. The photo montage shows exactly who wears the pants in that family, and it's not our first metro-sexual President. The Most powerful man in the world? Hell, he's not even the most powerful man in his marriage!
Read the article!

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 CONNECT Updated Dec. 28, 2013 10:46 p.m. ET Philadelphia

Camille Paglia
 '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."
 The fact that the acclaimed book—the first of six; her latest, "Glittering Images," is a survey of Western art—was rejected by seven publishers and five agents before being printed by Yale University Press only added to Ms. Paglia's sense of herself as a provocateur in a class with Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern. But unlike those radio jocks, Ms. Paglia has scholarly chops: Her dissertation adviser at Yale was Harold Bloom, and she is as likely to discuss Freud, Oscar Wilde or early Native American art as to talk about Miley Cyrus.
 Ms. Paglia relishes her outsider persona, having previously described herself as an egomaniac and "abrasive, strident and obnoxious." Talking to her is like a mental CrossFit workout. One moment she's praising pop star Rihanna ("a true artist"), then blasting ObamaCare ("a monstrosity," though she voted for the president), global warming ("a religious dogma"), and the idea that all gay people are born gay ("the biggest canard," yet she herself is a lesbian).
But no subject gets her going more than when I ask if she really sees a connection between society's attempts to paper over the biological distinction between men and women and the collapse of Western civilization.
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