June 28, 2010

CAMILLE PAGLIA: No Sex Please, We’re Middle Class. “In the discreet white-collar realm, men and women are interchangeable, doing the same, mind-based work. Physicality is suppressed; voices are lowered and gestures curtailed in sanitized office space. Men must neuter themselves, while ambitious women postpone procreation. Androgyny is bewitching in art, but in real life it can lead to stagnation and boredom, which no pill can cure. Meanwhile, family life has put middle-class men in a bind; they are simply cogs in a domestic machine commanded by women.” Maybe this accounts for the “marriage strike.”

And it’s funny how all the lefty yammering was supposed to free us from “middle-class morality” — but, when they were done with it, somehow the chains were tighter than ever. I suspect the slow recognition of this fact is one reason for the popularity of Mad Men . . . .

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