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Below is a short Paglia primer.
As a master polemicist, Paglia is a quintessential culture warrior in style. Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinsona page work of literary criticism published by Yale University Press in Sexual Personae became a New York Times bestseller, no doubt based on its provocative thesis that human nature has a Dionysian side to it that is best understood via human sexuality.
Paglia argues men created culture and civilization our Apollonian side in order to contain Dionysian forces—forces best left to the bedroom, where, according to Paglia, women have all the power. When she was younger she considered Susan Sontag her idol. But by the time Paglia had gained a measure of renown, she had a different opinion about her erstwhile hero: By embarrassing acts Paglia means pornography.
Much like controversial evolutionary biologist Randy Thornhill whose fascinating, highly problematic course on human sexuality I took as an undergraduate student Paglia believes rape is biologically motivated.
Men are sexually aggressive by nature this is the Dionysian side to men ; modern society was designed to contain such aggression via Apollonian means. Thus, whereas many feminists blame modern society for inculcating a culture of rape, Paglia argues that modern society is all that stands between men and their female rape victims.
When women go behind closed doors with men, they must recognize that Apollonian protections give way to Dionysian temptations. Could Rush Limbaugh get away with making this argument? Her gender essentialism seems deeply antithetical to what I consider feminism.
And yet, in a paradoxical way, her views on sex difference are not far removed from a difference feminist like Carol Gilligan.
In her book, In a Different Voice, Gilligan analyzes how men and women respond to prompts about morality and identity differently. Men tend to be much more individualistic; women tend to be much more empathetic. Psychologists from Freud to Erikson have long used adult male identity as the norm; the degree to which women care more about others is thus judged abnormal.
Gilligan does not think these differences are necessarily biological or natural. Although she is not invested in the nature-nurture debate, Gilligan makes clear such differences are often constructed. And yet she does not deny gender difference. Rather, she wants to reverse gender polarity.
If cooperation and empathy are female traits, then female traits should be revaluated. Female is better than male. Gilligan and Paglia have dissimilar prescriptions for the good life. Whereas Gilligan thinks a more feminine-directed world would lead to more cooperation and less exploitation, Paglia thinks people should be free from the compulsions of cooperation, including feminist and moralist efforts to regulate sex.
But both Gilligan and Paglia base their views on similar epistemological orientations: What should we make of that?Camille Sanzone, the Italian Advocacy Dynamo!
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Camille is an author, a stand-up comedienne, a life coach, a keynote speaker, a workshop facilitator, a philosopher, a poet, a pirate, a. Camille Paglia: An Ego to Rival the Media's. Sex, Art and American Culture By Camille Paglia Vintage. Book review by Carl Sessions Stepp. Carl Sessions Stepp ([email protected]) began writing for his hometown paper, the Marlboro Herald-Advocate in Bennettsville, South Carolina, in , after his freshman year in high school.
Aug 13, · So does the work of Camille Paglia, whose love of Hitchcock informed her controversial book "Sexual Personae" and prompted her to write a study of "The Birds" for the British Film Institute. In & # ; Sex and Violence, or Nature and Art, & # ; Camille Paglia claims nature is inherently stronger than society - Sex And Man Essay introduction.
& # ; Society is an unreal building, a defence against nature & # ; s power? a system of familial signifiers cut downing our mortifying passiveness to nature.
& # Sep 30, · Paglia does not think rape culture is real, but she thinks "evil" is very super-real. Apparently "evil" is a more useful lens through which we can view male violence than existing critiques of. Paglia’s new book, out this month, is called Free Women, Free Men, and it compiles writings from throughout her career addressing sex, gender, and feminism — in other words, her most cherished and contentious themes.
Paglia first came to prominence with the release of Sexual Personae. It was a page book based on her Yale Ph.D.
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