Camille Paglia  

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"There is no female Mozart because there is no female Jack the Ripper." --Sexual Personae (1990)


"If civilization had been left in female hands, we would still be living in grass huts." --ibid


"Patriarchy, routinely blamed for everything, produced the birth control pill, which did more to free contemporary women than feminism itself." --Vamps and Tramps (1994)

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Camille Anna Paglia (born April 2, 1947) is an American author, teacher, and social critic. Paglia, a self-described dissident feminist, has been a professor at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA since 1984. She wrote Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990), a best-selling work of literary criticism, among other books and essays. She also wrote an analysis of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, and Break, Blow, Burn on poetry. She writes articles on art, popular culture, feminism, and politics. Paglia has celebrated Madonna and taken radical libertarian positions on controversial social issues such as abortion, homosexuality, and drug use. She is known as a critic of American feminism, and is also strongly critical of the influence of French philosophers such as Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, and Michel Foucault.

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