I was cruising around the net tonight and discovered, Camille Paglia, who I think is a class A feminist badass.
While I don’t agree with her on everything, and I haven’t yet had a chance to read her books, I love her idea that feminism needs to get back to its historic roots. She says in one of the videos that the feminism of today has become ‘weepy-whiny’.
Here’s a few quotes from her:
It took most of my life to realize that men are not tyrants or egomaniacs. I had an epiphany in a shopping mall recently that put it all in perspective. I was having a piece of pizza and I saw all these teenage boys running around in the mall. They were wild. I looked at them and saw this desperation. When I was their age I hated those kinds of boys because they were so obnoxious. They are so involved in their status, gaining it, afraid of losing it. I’m glad I don’t have to be that age again. So they sat down near me and they didn’t notice me. I didn’t exist on their radar map. I was thinking, This is great. I was watching. They were full of energy and life. And I suddenly realized, My God, the reason they are so loud, the reason they are so uncontrolled, the reason I hated them at that age is that they bond with each other against women. It was the first time they were able to be away from the control of a woman — their mothers. They were on their own and for this period they’re very dangerous. Women have to watch out when they go to fraternity parties, because the men are all trying to up their status among one another and there is all this testosterone. And then some girl will snag them. And that’s it. It’s over for them. They get married and they’re under the control of their wives forever. You hear these women all the time, on, like, Ricki Lake, saying, “You know, I have two children, but actually I have three children” about the husband, and it’s true: The husband becomes a child again. Even when men are doing their share, taking out the garbage, doing the mopping, whatever, women are still running the household. They are in control and the men become subordinate again. So that’s what the feminists are so worried about? Men who are subordinated by their mothers and then by their wives? Men are looking for maternal solace in women, and that’s the nature of heterosexuality. Now you tell me, who really has all the power?
I love that last bit.
Madonna won my undying loyalty by reviving and re-creating the hard glamour of the studio-era Hollywood movie queens, figures of mythological grandeur. Contemporary feminism cut itself off from history and bankrupted itself when it spun its paranoid fantasy of male oppressors and female sex-object victims. Woman is the dominant sex. Woman’s sexual glamour has bewitched and destroyed men since Delilah and Helen of Troy.
I love her ability to speak what she thinks is truth. She doesn’t apologize for her views and challenges people to prove her wrong. She doesn’t sit around and dwell on some mythical miasma called the patriarchy, but instead boasts about the strength found in women.
Women’s studies is a comfy, chummy morass of unchallenged groupthink. It is, with rare exception, totally unscholarly. Academic feminists have silenced men and dissenting women.
I also like how she champions free speech. She strikes me as a very strong person, with a strong personality, strong opinions and strong, straightforward manner of speaking.
I want a revamped feminism. Putting the vamp back means the lady must be a tramp. My generation of Sixties rebels wanted to smash the bourgeois codes that had become the authoritarian totems of the Fifties. The ‘nice’ girl with her soft, sanitized speech and decorous manners had to go. Thirty years later, we’re still stuck with her — in the official spokesmen and the anointed heiresses of the feminist establishment… Equal opportunity feminism, which I espouse, demands the removal of all barriers to woman’s advance in the political and professional world — but not at the price of special protections for women which are infantilizing and anti-democratic.
So there you have it. I just wanted to share a few bits that I found tonight while reading up on feminism as a whole. When I ran across one of these video clips, I just had to know more about Camille Paglia.
What do you think about the quotes, videos or Paglia in general?