The Amazing Camille Paglia

Bari Weiss has a fantastic article up on the Wall Street Journal on one of my favorite people: “Camille Paglia: A Feminist Defense of Masculine Virtues.” This article is about all things Camille, from the societal neutering of males to upper-middle-class women being Pilates clones (love that comment) to her idolization of iconoclastic women who have been able to compete with men without castrating them.

Ms. Paglia argues that the softening of modern American society begins as early as kindergarten. “Primary-school education is a crock, basically. It’s oppressive to anyone with physical energy, especially guys,” she says, pointing to the most obvious example: the way many schools have cut recess. “They’re making a toxic environment for boys. Primary education does everything in its power to turn boys into neuters.”

…Politically correct, inadequate education, along with the decline of America’s brawny industrial base, leaves many men with “no models of manhood,” she says. “Masculinity is just becoming something that is imitated from the movies. There’s nothing left. There’s no room for anything manly right now.”

My favorite quote from the article: “Talking to her is like a mental CrossFit workout.”