Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism by Camille Paglia

By Camille Paglia

From the fiery highbrow provocateur and one among our so much fearless advocates of gender equality, an excellent, pressing essay assortment that either celebrates sleek feminism and demanding situations us to construct an alliance of robust ladies and powerful men.
Ever because the unencumber of her seminal first ebook, Sexual Personae, Camille Paglia has remained one in all feminism's so much outspoken, self sustaining, and searingly clever voices. Now, for the 1st time, her most sensible essays at the topic are amassed jointly in a single concise quantity. even if she's calling for equivalent chance for American ladies (years sooner than the founding of the nationwide association for Women), championing a extra discerning normal of good looks that is going past plastic surgery's quest for everlasting adolescence, lauding the releasing strength of rock and roll, or challenging loose and unfettered speech on college campuses and past, Paglia can continually count directly to get to the center of issues huge and small.

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Buddhist meditation seeks the unity and harmony of reality. Twentieth-century physics, going full circle back to Heracleitus, postulates that all matter is in motion. In other words, there is no thing, only energy. But this perception has not been imaginatively absorbed, for it cancels the West’s intellectual and moral assumptions. The Westerner knows by seeing. Perceptual relations are at the heart of our culture, and they have produced our titanic contributions to art. Walking in nature, we see, identify, name, recognize.

I was stunned by de Beauvoir’s imperious, authoritative tone and ambitious sweep through space and time. I began to dream of a book on the grand scale, a magnum opus that would incorporate all of my intense fixations, from archaeology to pop culture. That book, Sexual Personae, would take shape in the early 1970s as a study of androgyny for my doctoral dissertation at the Yale Graduate School. Revised and expanded, it was finally published in 1990 as a 700-page illustrated volume by Yale University Press, after rejections of the manuscript by seven publishers and five agents.

Popular culture was an even more powerful force: the brash, body-based rhythms of rock ’n’ roll, with its dual roots in African-American blues and working-class country music, were our percussive anthem, breaking into general cultural consciousness when Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” was blasted at high volume over the credits of The Blackboard Jungle in movie theaters in 1955. It was young women who were most jolted by Beatlemania. I have a reel-to-reel audio tape of a girls’ party at my house on the night the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964.

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