By Camille Paglia
From the fiery highbrow provocateur and one among our so much fearless advocates of gender equality, a super, pressing essay assortment that either celebrates glossy feminism and demanding situations us to construct an alliance of sturdy girls and powerful men.
Ever because the free up of her seminal first publication, Sexual Personae, Camille Paglia has remained one in every of feminism's so much outspoken, self sustaining, and searingly clever voices. Now, for the 1st time, her top essays at the topic are accumulated jointly in a single concise quantity. no matter if she's calling for equivalent chance for American ladies (years prior to the founding of the nationwide association for Women), championing a extra discerning normal of attractiveness that is going past plastic surgery's quest for everlasting early life, lauding the releasing strength of rock and roll, or difficult unfastened and unfettered speech on collage campuses and past, Paglia can continuously count directly to get to the guts of issues huge and small.
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And the more nature will punish her: do not dare to be free! for your body does not belong to you. The female body is a chthonian machine, indifferent to the spirit who inhabits it. Organically, it has one mission, pregnancy, which we may spend a lifetime staving off. Nature cares only for species, never individuals: the humiliating dimensions of this biologic fact are most directly experienced by women, who probably have a greater realism and wisdom than men because of it. Woman’s body is a sea acted upon by the month’s lunar wave-motion.
The sexual personae of family romance are obliterated by the tidal force of regression, the backwards movement toward primeval dissolution, which Ferenczi identifies with ocean. An orgasm is a domination, a surrender, or a breaking through. Nature is no respecter of human identity. This is why so many men turn away or flee after sex, for they have sensed the annihilation of the daemonic. Western love is a displacement of cosmic realities. It is a defense mechanism rationalizing forces ungoverned and ungovernable.
The last major Western society to worship female powers was Minoan Crete. And significantly, that fell and did not rise again. The immediate cause of its collapse—quake, plague, or invasion—is beside the point. The lesson is that cultic femaleness is no guarantee of cultural strength or viability. What did survive, what did vanquish circumstance and stamp its mind-set on Europe was Mycenaean warrior culture, descending to us through Homer. The male will-to-power: Mycenaeans from the south and Dorians from the north would fuse to form Apollonian Athens, from which came the Greco-Roman line of Western history.