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The controversial feminist Carmille Paglia-Part 1

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The third wave of feminism brought in many new feminists with controversial opinions on the state of the world. Today we will be looking at Camille Paglia. Paglia is known for her strong views on modern culture and feminism. Margaret Wente, Canadian “The Globe and Mail” columnist calls her, "a writer in a category of her own... a feminist who hates affirmative action; an atheist who respects religion" and "a Democrat who thinks her party doesn't get it."

Normally I write about pro feminists the opposite point of view is also important as well. Feminism encompasses all points of view.

Camille Paglia

Paglia was born in Endicott, New York on April 2, 1948. The family moved to Syracuse, NY so that her father could complete his graduate studies to make his career as a professor of romance languages.


Paglia showed her spirit and strong opinions even in high school. Camille Paglia’s high school Latin teacher quotes, “She always has been controversial. Whatever statements were being made (in class), she had to challenge them. She made good points then, as she does now."[17] Paglia thanked Metosh in the acknowledgements to Sexual Personae, later describing her as "the dragon lady of Latin studies, who breathed fire at principals and school boards"

Paglia graduated from Binghamton University in 1964. She was class valedictorian but also prided herself on being controversial and a prankster. Camille Paglia went on to do a graduate degree at Yale University where she also boasts of being the only open lesbian there between 1968 and 1972. Paglia disagreed with Rita Mae Brown another feminist of her time. However, she was inspired by Susan Sontag, a writer filmmaker and political activist. Since Paglia was herself a radical feminist she appreciated Sontag’s also radical challenge of male dominance.

to be continued



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