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Free Women, Free Men

Free Women, Free Men by Camille Paglia
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Feb 06, 2018 | 352 Pages
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Praise

“Fiercely erudite, freewheeling and sex-drenched . . . Paglia is a fearless public intellectual and more necessary than ever.” —The New York Times

“Polemical, thought-provoking, enraging, funny, and brave. And today [Paglia’s essays] sound prescient.” —VICE 

“Compelling. . . . Thought-provoking. . . . Put[s] an intellectual spin on lowbrow entertainment and turn[s] more obtuse academic topics into something relatable and enthralling.” —BUST
 
“Inspirational in its tone and its message that freedom belongs to both sexes. . . . Paglia is a brilliant thinker on culture and human nature.” —The New Criterion

“[Paglia] is one of the most fascinating (and individualistic) writers on feminism and gender extant.” —Buffalo News

“Feminist and culture critic Paglia is at her feisty, full-throated best in this series of short manifestos that spans her career. . . . One does not have to agree with her theories about masculinity, femininity, and sex to enjoy Paglia’s bracing intellect and scrappy attitude.” —Publishers Weekly

 “The best single-volume introduction to Paglia’s thought. . . . Presented in a stunning prose style. . . . No one with the slightest interest in its issues can afford to overlook Paglia’s treatment of them here, which compels the consideration of her shrillest critic and ardent devotee alike.” —American Conservative

“Impressive. . . . [Paglia] uses new insight to dissect issues relating to feminism. . . . She argues for feminism to become an umbrella of people with differing political views, sexual orientations, and religions who seek to strengthen women. . . . Intriguing and thought provoking for readers interested in different perspectives of feminism.” —Library Journal

Table Of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Sex and Violence, or Nature and Art 3
2 The Venus of Willendorf 38
3 Nefertiti 42
4 Madonna: Animality and Artifice 49
5 Rape and Modern Sex War 52
6 Junk Bonds and Corporate Raiders: Academe in the Hour of the Wolf 58
7 The MIT Lecture: Crisis in the American Universities 62
8 The Strange Case of Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill 75
9 The Nursery School Campus: The Corrupting of the Humanities in the U.S. 78
10 The Return of Carry Nation: Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin 85
11 A White Liberal Women’s Conference 92
12 Loose Canons: Review of Germaine Greer, Slip-Shod Sibyls 96
13 Men’s Sports Vanishing 102
14 Coddling Won’t Elect Women, Toughening Will 105
15 Academic Feminists Must Begin to Fulfill Their Noble, Animating Ideal 109
16 Gridiron Feminism 118
17 The Modern Battle of the Sexes 122
18 American Gender Studies Today 144
19 The Cruel Mirror: Body Type and Body Image as Reflected in Art 148
20 The Pitfalls of Plastic Surgery 159
21 Feminism Past and Present: Ideology, Action, and Reform 164
22 No Sex Please, We’re Middle Class 183
23 The Stiletto Heel 187
24 Scholars in Bondage: Review of Margot Weiss, Techniques of Pleasure; Staci 
     Newmahr, Playing on the Edge; and Danielle J. Lindemann, Dominatrix 191
25 Gender Roles: Nature or Nurture 211
26 Are Men Obsolete? 222
27 Put the Sex Back in Sex Ed 226
28 It’s Time to Let Teenagers Drink Again 229
29 Cliquish, Tunnel-Vision Intolerance Afflicts Too Many Feminists: Interview with
     Deborah Coughlin, Feminist Times 232
30 Southern Women: Old Myths and New Frontiers 239
31 The Modern Campus Cannot Comprehend Evil 259
32 Why I Love The Real Housewives 262
33 What a Woman President Should Be Like 265
34 Feminist Trouble: Interview with Ella Whelan, Spiked Review 269
35 On Abortion 277
36 What’s in a Picture: Robert Mapplethorpe’s Portrait of Patti Smith for Horses 285

Illustrations 287
Acknowledgments 299
Index 301
Previous Publication Information 311
Illustration Credits 317

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