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Camille Paglia

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Born April 2, 1947

Camille (Anna) Paglia (* 1947) is an American art and cultural historian. Paglia is a professor of humanities and media studies (Humanities and Media Studies) at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Camille Paglia criticized many feminists such as Judith Butler, Marilyn French, Hillary Clinton, Kate Millett, Naomi Wolf[wp], Gloria Steinem, Catharine MacKinnon, Rosie O'Donnell and the National Organization for Women[wp]. In particular, they criticized their Sexfeindlichkeit and their totalitarian, Stalinist behavior. They also criticized the prescription of ritalin[wp], are "immobilized" to the boy.


  • "Feminist ideology is like a new religion for a lot of neurotic women. You can't talk to them about anything." [1]
  • "The sexuality of the feminists is like to leave his dog when you go on vacation, to entrust the Taxidermist." [2]
  • "Political correctness has fascist speech codes and a puritanical sexual moralityl." [3]
  • "I have found few lesbians with whom I can discourse for more than five minutes without hitting some tiresome barrier of resentment or ideology."
  • "Men have sacrificed and crippled themselves physically and emotionally to feed, house, and protect women and children. None of their pain or achievement is registered in feminist rhetoric, which portrays men as oppressive and callous exploiters." [4]






  1. Emma Teitel: Camille Paglia on Rob Ford, Rihanna and rape culture, Maclean's on November 16, 2013
  2. Feminismus und Sexualität, MANNdat on August 22, 2005
  3. Camille Paglia on Political Correctness (Vamps & Tramps, p. 118)
  4. Camille Paglia with concern on "The Myth of Male Power" in "No Law in the Arena: A Pagan Theory of Sexuality", p. 392
  5. Feminism: In conversation with Camille Paglia, Battle of Ideas am 22. Oktober 2016, 12.00-13.15 Uhr (Internationally renowned American social critic Camille Paglia has been called 'the anti-feminist feminist'. A staunch defender of individual freedom, she has argued against laws prohibiting pornography, drugs and abortion. Describing contemporary feminism as a 'reactionary reversion' and 'a gross betrayal of the radical principles of 1960s counterculture', she stands firmly on the side of free speech and against political correctness. She has argued that though today's feminists strike progressive poses, their ideas emanate from an entitled, upper-middle-class point of view. This has led Paglia to become one of the US's foremost critics of contemporary feminist orthodoxies such as the idea of 'rape culture', which she believes stifles women's autonomy. Instead, Paglia is keen to stimulate reasoned discussion about some of the most controversial and inflammatory issues dominating campus politics and debates about threats to young women. She is calling such fashionable concepts such as 'rape culture... a ridiculous term…not helpful in the quest for women's liberation'. She is associated with a brand of feminism which encourages women to embrace the dangers of being in the world and has argued that the current enthusiasm for things such as compulsory sexual consent classes in colleges illustrates how sex is being policed by 'drearily puritanical and hopelessly totalitarian regulatory regimes and codes'.
    As one of the most articulate and outspoken polemicists confronting the contemporary feminist focus on policing thought and speech, what does Paglia believe women should be fighting for today? After the gains made by feminism since the 1960s, why are women today so often presented as fragile, helpless victims? What does she make of the political and cultural state of feminism and its near ubiquitous embrace by the establishment? Camille Paglia sits down with Institute of Ideas director Claire Fox to discuss the past, present and future of feminism and to discuss the themes in her forthcoming (and seventh) book, Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism)

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