Camille Paglia is like a crazy prophet

When you listen to her frenetic, staccato delivery, you recognize something undeniably manic about her.  At the same time, when she’s right she’s usually overwhelming and obviously right, as for instance in her pointing out how unbelievably sexually deranged our culture is.

My generation of baby-boom girls boldly rebelled against the cult of virginity of the Doris Day 1950s, but we left chaos in our wake. Young people are now bombarded prematurely with sexual images and messages. Adolescent girls, routinely dressing in seductive ways, are ill-prepared to negotiate the sexual attention they attract.

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  • Jocelyn Jaquiery

    Link returns a 404, Mark.

  • PeonyMoss
    • Jon W

      That is indeed what Mark is talking about. Fix the link, Mark.

      • quasimodo


  • MarylandBill

    I am surprised Time was willing to print this. At the same time they are printing this, where Ms. Paglia is pointing out that there is a link between how women dress and how they are treated, CNN (which is part of the same company as Time) is running a piece about how evil Loyola Law School is for sending students a memo reminding them about appropriate dress for internships (which is focused on the way some women dress).

    Some how, our society has rejected common sense. If women don’t want sexual attention from men, they shouldn’t dress like they do.

  • Thomas Boynton Tucker

    Not surprisingly, the Doris Day image was simply that, an image, and did not reflect Miss Day’s real off-screen activities.

  • Arkanabar

    Link is fixed. And Ms. Paglia’s recommendations strike me as largely sound.