I have written in the past of my grudging respect for Camille Paglia. Although I definitely am on the other side of the fence than she is on a number of issues, she is smart, honest, and writes beautifully (unlike so many libs, and feminists in particular).
Sometimes I muse about what it must be like a) to be a young person today and b) to raise children today. I look around and I am glad I am the age I am.
A few days ago, from Paglia via a friend’s email … a sample:
“I really pity young people today in this environment because the pressures are enormous. It’s one thing to feel, ‘I’m not quite comfortable in the gender I was assigned at birth,’ but the pressures are to change, change, change, and to telegraph it to the world. People are pushed into making choices about surgical interventions and taking hormones, which is dangerous, and they will have all kinds of medical problems in the long run…”
“But the moment you say this [exposure of the flesh] your contemporary feminist will say, ‘You’re blaming the victim. We have the right to dress as we want.’ Of course. However, you have to be prepared for the reality of the world … which is a dangerous place. They have no idea about human psychology … that you don’t mess around with sexuality, which is extremely explosive, that you must be prepared to defend yourself, be alert to your environment.”
“Earlier Paglia noted that millennials seem to have ‘no sense of the great patterns of world history’ and, thus, believe that ‘we are marching to perfection,’ that we are reaching a ‘transnational’ ‘utopia,’ while our sexual tolerance is actually a sign that we, like Babylon and Rome, are about to fall.”
“We are very tolerant, not passionate, but there are bands of vandals and destroyers circling around the edge of our civilization who will bring it down,” she said, making clear in her comments about ISIS that she was at least in part referring to Radical Islamists.”