‘There’s no room for anything manly now’: Feminist writer Camille Paglia speaks out AGAINST the loss of masculine virtues and its negative impact on society
- The self-described ‘dissident feminist’ believes society is neutering boys of their maleness at a young age
- She also believes the lack of people with military experience in important positions is a recipe for disaster
- An avid listener of sports radio, she believes these ‘are the men that would save the nation’
- ‘Our culture doesn’t allow women to know how to be womanly,’ she said
- Paglia also recently spoke out in favor of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson and defended his right to free speech
Our society is neutering boys of their maleness at a young age, while the lack of people with military experience in important positions is a recipe for disaster, claims Camille Paglia, the controversial lesbian author and social critic.
Self-described ‘dissident feminist’ Paglia, 66, believes that attempts to deny the biological distinctions between men and women is to blame for the much that is wrong with modern society.
‘What you’re seeing is how a civilization commits suicide’ she told the Wall Street Journal.
Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, is well known for her critical views on many aspects of modern culture, including feminism and liberalism.
She recently spoke out in support of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, supporting his right to express 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.’ she told Laura Ingraham’s radio show last week.
Paglia, 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.
‘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 said.
‘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’.
The emancipation of masculine virtues is something that is beginning as early as kindergarten in the U.S., argues Paglia.
‘Primary-school education is a crock, basically. It’s oppressive to anyone with physical energy, especially guys,’ she said.
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,’ she said.
The decline of America’s industrial base is another factor that the author believes is leaving many men with ‘no models of manhood.’
‘Masculinity is just becoming something that is imitated from the movies. There’s nothing left. There’s no room for anything manly right now.’
Bizarrely Paglia claims that 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 me 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,’ she said.
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