A cultural critic on why ignoring the biological differences between men and women risks undermining Western civilization.
Not everybody can get away with saying what we all observe is patently true. The War on Boys conducted in the name of feminism, according to Camille Paglia, “is how a civilization commits suicide.”
A Wall Street Journal article refers to Paglia as a “self-described notorious Amazon feminist’ goes on to describe her ideas.
“No subject gets her going more than when I ask if she really sees a connection between society’s attempts to paper over the biological distinction between men and women and the collapse of Western civilization.
“She starts by pointing to the diminished status of military service. 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,’ she says. 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.’
By her lights, things only get worse in higher education. This PC gender politics thing-the way gender is being taught in the universities-in a very anti-male way, it’s all about neutralization of maleness.’ The result: Upper-middle-class men who are intimidated’ and can’t say anything. . . . They understand the agenda.’ In other words: They avoid goring certain sacred cows by never telling the truth to women’ about sex, and by keeping raunchy’ thoughts and sexual fantasies to themselves and their laptops.
“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.’ The only place you can hear what men really feel these days, she claims, is on sports radio. No surprise, she is an avid listener. The energy and enthusiasm “inspires me as a writer,” she says, adding: If we had to go to war,’ the callers are the men that would save the nation.’
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