Camille Anna Paglia is an American academic and social critic. Best of all, she is a self-described dissident feminist, and has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since 1984. The New York Times has described her as “first and foremost an educator”.
Her recent piece for Time.com titled, The Modern Campus Cannot Comprehend Evil is superb in explaining America’s recent sexual assault fear mongering epidemic, and the damage it does to young women’s ability to discern against fake and very real danger.
Paglia does not hold back (entitled, “strong and independent women” beware):
Wildly overblown claims about an epidemic of sexual assaults on American campuses are obscuring the true danger to young women, too often distracted by cellphones or iPods in public places: the ancient sex crime of abduction and murder. Despite hysterical propaganda about our “rape culture,” the majority of campus incidents being carelessly described as sexual assault are not felonious rape (involving force or drugs) but oafish hookup melodramas, arising from mixed signals and imprudence on both sides.
Colleges should stick to academics and stop their infantilizing supervision of students’ dating lives, an authoritarian intrusion that borders on violation of civil liberties. Real crimes should be reported to the police, not to haphazard and ill-trained campus grievance committees.
Paglia astutely points out that the neo-liberal Western world operates under a false belief that biology is non existent, and the West’s “exceptional” value system can tweak and adjust its way towards a utopia where men are transformed into docile, sexually lobotomised puppy dogs, and women elevated into untouchable life forces.
Too many young middleclass women, raised far from the urban streets, seem to expect adult life to be an extension of their comfortable, overprotected homes. But the world remains a wilderness. The price of women’s modern freedoms is personal responsibility for vigilance and self-defense.
Current educational codes, tracking liberal-Left, are perpetuating illusions about sex and gender. The basic Leftist premise, descending from Marxism, is that all problems in human life stem from an unjust society and that corrections and fine-tunings of that social mechanism will eventually bring utopia. Progressives have unquestioned faith in the perfectibility of mankind.
The horrors and atrocities of history have been edited out of primary and secondary education except where they can be blamed on racism, sexism, and imperialism — toxins embedded in oppressive outside structures that must be smashed and remade. But the real problem resides in human nature, which religion as well as great art sees as eternally torn by a war between the forces of darkness and light.
Saddam, ISIS, Gaddafi, Assad…Western politicians and the main stream media spin machine is directly at fault for pushing a script where the world is divided between the blessed liberal good and everyone else bad dichotomy. At a granular level back, in the U.S.A., this macro world view of good and bad has been carried over to gender ideology and identity.
Liberalism lacks a profound sense of evil — but so does conservatism these days, when evil is facilely projected onto a foreign host of rising political forces united only in their rejection of Western values. Nothing is more simplistic than the now rote use by politicians and pundits of the cartoonish label “bad guys” for jihadists, as if American foreign policy is a slapdash script for a cowboy movie.
The gender ideology dominating academe denies that sex differences are rooted in biology and sees them instead as malleable fictions that can be revised at will. The assumption is that complaints and protests, enforced by sympathetic campus bureaucrats and government regulators, can and will fundamentally alter all men.
Because when you over simplify the world into black and white, elevate the goodness of one sex over the other, and continually refute biology and evolution you end up doing more harm than good, and end up placing women in real life or death scenarios.
Sex crime springs from fantasy, hallucination, delusion, and obsession. A random young woman becomes the scapegoat for a regressive rage against female sexual power: “You made me do this.” Academic clichés about the “commodification” of women under capitalism make little sense here: It is women’s superior biological status as magical life-creator that is profaned and annihilated by the barbarism of sex crime.
Misled by the naive optimism and “You go, girl!” boosterism of their upbringing, young women do not see the animal eyes glowing at them in the dark. They assume that bared flesh and sexy clothes are just a fashion statement containing no messages that might be misread and twisted by a psychotic. They do not understand the fragility of civilization and the constant nearness of savage nature.
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