Monday, December 16, 2013

Camille Paglia: some hard truths about gender

Camille Paglia, "It’s a Man’s World, And It Always Will Be" (Time, December 16, 2013):
If men are obsolete, then women will soon be extinct—unless we rush down that ominous Brave New World path where females will clone themselves by parthenogenesis, as famously do Komodo dragons, hammerhead sharks, and pit vipers.

A peevish, grudging rancor against men has been one of the most unpalatable and unjust features of second- and third-wave feminism. Men’s faults, failings and foibles have been seized on and magnified into gruesome bills of indictment. Ideologue professors at our leading universities indoctrinate impressionable undergraduates with carelessly fact-free theories alleging that gender is an arbitrary, oppressive fiction with no basis in biology.

Is it any wonder that so many high-achieving young women, despite all the happy talk about their academic success, find themselves in the early stages of their careers in chronic uncertainty or anxiety about their prospects for an emotionally fulfilled private life? When an educated culture routinely denigrates masculinity and manhood, then women will be perpetually stuck with boys, who have no incentive to mature or to honor their commitments. And without strong men as models to either embrace or (for dissident lesbians) to resist, women will never attain a centered and profound sense of themselves as women.

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[Hat tip to JM]


5 comments:








I am not Spartacus

said...

This is a man;s world accrd. to James Brown and Pavarotti


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb-B3lsgEfA





Ralph Roister-Doister

said...

Dragons, hammerheads, and pit vipers: somebody STOP ME!!!!





Maceo Parker Roister-Doister

said...

James Brown also said, "Mama come here quick, an' bring me mah lickin' stick."

Francis should add a few James Brown tunes to his MP3 player. A pope ain't nuffin witout no lickin' stick.

A good man with moderate powers of analysis like Francis can perceive in these lyrics the social pathology of the Roman Catholic Church in the past fifty years, as God, pondering His people at their modern-style worship, contemplates the efficacy of charity versus justice in dealing with them:

LICKIN' STICK
Mama, come here quick,
bring me that lickin' stick.
Mama, come here quick,
bring me that lickin' stick.
Mama, come here quick,
bring me that lickin' stick.
Mama, come here quick,
bring me that lickin' stick.
People standin',
Standin' in a trance.
Sister out in the backyard
Doin' the outside dance.
Come'n tell me you love me,
She didn't wanna be a drag.
I don't know what she's doin',
I think she's got a brand new bag.
Mama, come here quick,
bring me that lickin' stick.
Mama, come here quick,
bring me that lickin' stick.
People standin',
Standin' in a trance.
Sister out in the backyard
Doin' the outside dance.
Come'n tell me you love me,
She didn't wanna be a drag.
I don't know what she's doin',
I think she's got a brand new bag.
Mama, come here quick,
bring me that lickin' stick.
Mama, come here quick,
bring me that lickin' stick.
Mama, come here quick,
bring me that lickin' stick.
Mama, come here quick,
bring me that lickin' stick.





Anon.

said...

"Maceo Parker Roister-Doister"

Woooot!!!





cyrillist

said...

Maceo! Blow your horn!

I don't wanna be no drag, but I've had a special fondness for that tune since childhood, and sister was actually out in the backyard, "doin' a out-a-site dance."

That said, I fear that the Holy Father does indeed have a lickin' stick, and has every intention of using it. Kyrie eleison.