Tagged: Camille Paglia

Girl squad

According to Camille Paglia,

[Taylor] Swift herself should retire that obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine of wheeling out friends and celebrities as performance props …

Like bell hooks (who a few years ago called Beyoncé a “terrorist“), Ms Paglia employs outlandish provocation as a means to stanch flagging books sales and to maintain her honoraria at an elevated level.

Pundit feminism, comprised of 140 character bon mots, is solely concerned with taking down celebrity women. The collateral damage of its mechanically reproduced outrage can be measured in the troubled status of academic feminism.


Mr Trump is a Harlequinade candidate.

The pacifier and glow stick generation has grown up and is making movies.


Republicans have stoked hatred towards the government for decades and towards the President and his family since he first ran for office. These home invasions are the logical outcome of the symbolic violence streaming from every media orifice of conservative America.

Lena Dunham, bohemian + wealth: a charmed life.

Infantile criticism: Ms Paglia has an ax to grind and found what she felt was a convenient target upon which to launch a broadside at liberal/leftist academics blah blah blah. I find her simply moronic; her assertions (like the following) are unsupported by evidence: “Colleges should stick to academics and stop their infantilizing supervision of students’ dating lives, an authoritarian intrusion that borders on violation of civil liberties.”

In reality, there have been mishandled cases of sexual assault. Also cases of sexual assault have been under-reported. However, rather than recycling vintage 1950s anti-leftist boilerplate (“The basic Leftist premise, descending from Marxism, is that all problems in human life stem from an unjust society and that corrections and fine-tunings of that social mechanism will eventually bring utopia.”), it would be more precise to look at administrators who oversee campus safety. A much simpler and less ideologically juicy explanation is available: large institutions behave badly in an effort to protect their financial interests (i.e., civil suits). Just look at the US military (not a bastion of leftism) and the problem of sexual assault.