Tuesday, September 17, 2013

La Paglia, once more

 Ms. Camille opines:
“Gay men are guardians of the masculine impulse. To have anonymous sex in a dark alleyway is to pay homage to the dream of male freedom. The unknown stranger is a wandering pagan god. The altar, as in pre-history, is anywhere you kneel.”

No comment.

At least here...for the moment...


PS.   "Paglia nearly came to blows with the founding members of the women's studies program at the State University of New York at Albany, when they categorically denied that hormones influence human experience or behavior".

Sometimes small moments are diagnostic, pathological synechdoche as it were: feminism founded on a refusal of reality.


Thanks to my anonymous commentor for this link. Like a jolt of tequila. Very enjoyable.


Anonymous said...

Hm. Not sure what to make of this. On the one hand, the very image that you use for your blog to represent male-male unions, a sexualized reinterpretation of Jacob and the angel, could be described as a random encounter between two men, with one man leaving with the dawn and the other continuing on his way, forever carrying the memory of the encounter. And her reference to male freedom has merit. That, and I give my time to anybody who challenges the feminist establishment and earns their ire.

On the other hand, my still somewhat-Christian ideas of sexuality pull me away from random hook-ups and to relationships: not necessarily marriage, but between two unrelated adults who have a level of trust and honesty between them that harmonizes their physical nakedness and intimacy with emotional and metaphysical nakedness and intimacy. Combined with the very real and serious risks that anonymous and random sex can carry, and you have something that can and should be used, but responsibly. Sexuality is not a toy.

So color me uncertain, I guess. Would like your input, Ex.


Anonymous said...

I certainly don’t agree with everything she says, but I think she’s brilliant; always provocative, if nothing else. I’m heartened that you’re warming up to her. I could listen to her and Pauline Kael, for hours. Both of them are lots of fun. Have you read this interview?


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