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Camille Paglia: ‘What You’re Seeing is How a Civilization Commits Suicide…’

The iconoclastic feminist scholar defends masculinity.

Helen Smith


December 29, 2013 - 1:00 pm


Camille Paglia in the WSJ:

‘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.”


Cross-posted from Dr. Helen

Helen Smith is a psychologist specializing in forensic issues in Knoxville, Tennessee, and blogs at Dr. Helen.

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I love Camille Paglia and have since I saw her interviewed on C-SPAN 15(?) years ago. Honest, intelligent, insightful. Wish I knew her personally, she seems like she'd be an interesting friend.
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" Americans undervalue manual labor.."

Really? Seems that they undervalue mental labor, given so few are good at it.

By that I mean REAL mental capacity, not the fanciful Hollyweird kind.
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Camille Paglia reaches a truth beyond that known by anyone holding political office in the U.S or U.K. What happens to institutions in those countries,--or any other for that matter--when their institutions lose their masculinity is catastrophic. For readers in doubt reach for "The Tinder Box: How Politically Correct Ideology Destroyed the U.S. Forest Service,” Christopher Burchfield, Stairway Press. The entire book supports the arguments presented by Ms. Paglia. The most powerful facts are presented in Chapters 6, 7, 16 and 17 (check out Amazon reviews). The differences between men and women, evolved over several million years now, are manifest, not marginal. For feminist readers—upon reading Ms. Paglia's column—analyzing "The Tinder Box" will require a bottle of blood pressure medicine by the sofa side.
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