Paglia Fun

27pagliaimg-articleInline Camille Paglia needs a straight jacket at times, but I always like her writing. Today, she writes about how women need their version of Viagra, because white-collar society is androgynous, homogeneous, and lacks sensuality.

In the discreet white-collar realm, men and women are interchangeable,
doing the same, mind-based work. Physicality is suppressed; voices are
lowered and gestures curtailed in sanitized office space. Men must
neuter themselves, while ambitious women postpone procreation.
Androgyny is bewitching in art, but in real life it can lead to
stagnation and boredom, which no pill can cure.

Meanwhile, family life has put middle-class men in a bind; they are
simply cogs in a domestic machine commanded by women. Contemporary moms
have become virtuoso super-managers of a complex operation focused on
the care and transport of children. But it’s not so easy to snap over
from Apollonian control to Dionysian delirium.

Nor are husbands offering much stimulation in the male display
department: visually, American men remain perpetual boys, as shown by
the bulky T-shirts, loose shorts and sneakers they wear from preschool
through midlife. The sexes, which used to occupy intriguingly separate
worlds, are suffering from over-familiarity, a curse of the mundane.
There’s no mystery left.

Maybe childless rates in the US are increasing, because nobody is having sex.


5 thoughts on “Paglia Fun

  1. The piece just made me wonder why on earth I had to conform to Ms. Paglia’s idea of what sex should be like.
    Let alone what she finds attractive. I have no problems with the bulky T-shirts and loose shorts. The physical parts of a guy that attract me are shoulders, arms, neck (nothing bulky–I like runners and gangly guys). Those seem perfectly available in those outfits for me to oogle. Why do I need to find Calvin Klein models hot? Because I don’t.


  2. I dig Paglia’s writing but this is total bullshit. Does this mean gay folks have long had boring sex lives? Because lord knows, they suffer from overfamiliarity with the sex they are attracted to. Au Contraire, she would probably say. Maybe she thinks they do have boring sex lives now and that the closet kept things spicy? She changes her mind every 30 seconds!


  3. “Does this mean gay folks have long had boring sex lives?”
    I used to read Dan Savage (when we lived in alternative newspaper land) and I thought that “lesbian bed death” was a well-known phenomenon.


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