This is a rather bizarre turn of events. We live in a country where basically no one is on the side of the classical Western male. Most leftist “historians” claim that dead Anglo-Saxon men are the ultimate source of the world’s most persistent problems, and therefore living men are a continual threat. Honestly, I feel like an endangered species, but since most powerful people view me as a strain of smallpox, it is unlikely they will withold the vaccine to protect my existence. Except for this one lady: Camille Paglia. Strangely enough, Paglia possesses the qualities most likely to make her my enemy: she’s a liberal intellectual in the establishment, a feminist, and a lesbian. So, you can imagine my surprise when I read about her beliefs in a Wall Street Journal article.
Perhaps one line from her first book will help you see what I mean: “If civilization had been left in female hands, we would still be living in grass huts.”
Huh? It doesn’t end there. Paglia has recently been exasperating her apparent compatriots with a slew of rhetoric that strikes at the foundations of feminism, lesbianism, and the leftist agenda. Paglia defended Phil Robertson. She criticized politicians for avoiding military service. She attacked the school system for turning boys into “neuters.” She says that she loves sports radio, even going so far as to claim that when she hears the passion of callers, she realizes she is listening to the voices of the men who could save our country.
I hardly know what to say. On one hand, I am flabbergasted that she believes these things. Camille Paglia is the last person I would ever think to consider my ally. Yet, here she is, on a soapbox created for her by people who hate me, defending me to their faces.
And though I am pleased that she defies conventions, I can’t help but think there is a certain irrationality to her views. Why, if she really believes what she is saying, would she continue labelling herself a feminist? Why would she continue in lesbianism if heterosexual masculinity is the answer to civilization’s current problems?
I don’t know. But, for now, I am just pleased to see someone who is such a thorn in the side of the establishment. I hope she continues frustrating their expectations for many years to come.