Camille Paglia is an interesting character; a sort of anti-feminist feminist. I find much in her that I would agree with, though my personal force as a creator is more male than female, so her estimates of the low creative powers of women would not apply to me. My beloved Michael is very interested in the voice he hears in me when I say “I’m a man” and claims that this Paglia quotation applies to me:
“Charisma is the radiance produced by the interaction of male and female elements in a gifted personality. The charismatic woman has a masculine force and severity. The charismatic man has an entrancing female beauty. Both are hot and cold, glowing with presexual self-love.”
Perhaps. There is much interesting truth in it.
For me, the sense in which I am an anti-feminist feminist is that while I very much believe in strong women and for women to play a powerful leadership role in the world, I also believe in traditional male and female sexuality, and I hate the way in which some feminists try to downplay our fundamental sexual energies. Thus while I may not agree with everything Paglia says, I like her frank acknowledgement of the fundamental male and female energies, and the role that they play in our lives. Part of my commitment to returning us to the “cultural origins of women’s sensuality” is an attempt to help modern women get back in touch with their deep, primal, female selves.
“Camille Paglia, a feminist with a strong critique of feminism, has proposed controversial theories about the role of sadism and perversity in Western cultural art, and the “darker forces” of sexuality that she claims feminism ignores. Her more positive assessment of pornography and decadence, relegation of feminism to political egalitarianism, and assessment that women are actually more powerful in culture than men are has put her at odds with many feminists and non-feminists.”
See below for some Camille Paglia Quotations
• Men know they are sexual exiles. They wander the earth seeking satisfaction, craving and despising, never content. There is nothing in that anguished motion for women to envy.
• It is woman’s destiny to rule men. Not to serve them, flatter them, or hang on them for guidance. Nor to insult them, demean them, or stereotype them as oppressors.
• We cannot have a world where everyone is a victim. “I’m this way because my father made me this way. I’m this way because my husband made me this way.” Yes, we are indeed formed by traumas that happen to us. But you must take charge, you must take over, you are responsible.