Feminist and social critic Camille Paglia has come out telling that she believes society has neutered men of their manliness and that a lack of military types in important positions is a harbor for disaster.
The 66 year old self-described ‘dissident feminist’ lesbian who is promoting her latest book, Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt To Star Wars, told the WSJ that the diminished status of military service in people in important positions is a big mistake.
In a recent radio interview she went on to tell that attempts to deny the biological distinctions between men and women is much to do with what is wrong with modern society.
‘What you’re seeing is how a civilization commits suicide.’
Asked her views on the Duck Dynasty Phil Robertson gay slur controversy the University of Arts professor told she supports one’s rights to retain homophobic views.
‘In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as well as they have the right to support homosexuality – as I one hundred percent do. ‘
‘If people are basing their views against gays on the Bible, again, they have a right of religious freedom there.’
Opining on the theme of leadership, Paglia went on to contemplate: ‘The entire elite class now, in finance, in politics and so on, none of them have military service – hardly anyone, there are a few. But there is no prestige attached to it anymore. That is a recipe for disaster.’
‘These people don’t think in military ways, so there’s this illusion out there that people are basically nice, people are basically kind, if we’re just nice and benevolent to everyone they’ll be nice too. They literally don’t have any sense of evil or criminality.’
According to Paglia the results are there for all to see in the on-going dysfunction in Washington, where politicians ‘lack practical skills of analysis and construction.’
With respect to her views of the emancipation of masculine virtues as early as kindergarten in the U.S, the outspoken critic argues that the softening of modern American society begins as early as kindergarten.
‘Primary-school education is a crock, basically. It’s oppressive to anyone with physical energy, especially guys.’
The author, who along with her ex-partner Alison Maddex, is raising an 11-year-old son Lucian, believes that the way many schools have cut recess is ‘making a toxic environment for boys.’
‘Primary education does everything in its power to turn boys into neuters.’
The decline of America’s industrial base is another factor that the author believes is leaving many men with ‘no models of manhood.’
Politically correct, inadequate education, along with the decline of America’s brawny industrial base, leaves many men with “no models of manhood,” she says.
‘Masculinity is just becoming something that is imitated from the movies. There’s nothing left. There’s no room for anything manly right now.’
According to Camille Paglia the only place that you can hear what men really feel these days is on sports radio.
The professor claims to be an avid listener and that the energy and enthusiasm inspires her as a writer.
‘If we had to go to war,’ the callers ‘are the men that would save the nation.’
Paglia didn’t spare the role of women in her musings and said that elite upper-middle-class women have become ‘clones’ condemned to ‘Pilates for the next 30 years.’
‘Our culture doesn’t allow women to know how to be womanly.’
Does anyone get the impression that Camille Paglia as a feminist (who traditionally have no love for males) is really just looking for an excuse to beat up on men and maybe pretend to be one whilst waiting to see if us males will call her on it?
What do you think Camille? Do you want to be a male or a female but then again why does gender assignment have to feed into the way we relate to each other and importantly to ourselves in the first place?
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