“Dissident feminist” Paglia rips the cultural war on boys

Posted by: ST on December 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm
Camille Paglia

Wrong on many things, but right on on the culture wars & modern-day feminist hacks.

Though there are many areas of disagreement, probably the area where I find the strongest agreement with self-proclaimed “dissident feminist” Camille Paglia is in her consistent dissection of modern-day “feminism”, our politically correct culture and how it has deliberately and effectively neutered a generation or more of young men. Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Interview features Paglia, and – as usual – she had a lot to say on the issue (via Memeorandum):

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.”

She is not the first to make this argument, as Ms. Paglia readily notes. Fellow feminist Christina Hoff Sommers has written about the “war against boys” for more than a decade. The notion was once met with derision, but now data back it up: Almost one in five high-school-age boys has been diagnosed with ADHD, boys get worse grades than girls and are less likely to go to college.

Ms. Paglia observes this phenomenon up close with her 11-year-old son, Lucien, whom she is raising with her ex-partner, Alison Maddex, an artist and public-school teacher who lives 2 miles away. She sees the tacit elevation of “female values”—such as sensitivity, socialization and cooperation—as the main aim of teachers, rather than fostering creative energy and teaching hard geographical and historical facts.

By her lights, things only get worse in higher education. “This PC gender politics thing—the way gender is being taught in the universities—in a very anti-male way, it’s all about neutralization of maleness.” The result: Upper-middle-class men who are “intimidated” and “can’t say anything. . . . They understand the agenda.” In other words: They avoid goring certain sacred cows by “never telling the truth to women” about sex, and by keeping “raunchy” thoughts and sexual fantasies to themselves and their laptops.

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.” The only place you can hear what men really feel these days, she claims, is on sports radio. No surprise, she is an avid listener. The energy and enthusiasm “inspires me as a writer,” she says, adding: “If we had to go to war,” the callers “are the men that would save the nation.”

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  1. ALman says:

    For some years, there has been an increasing number of children born out of wedlock. At present, the percentage is near 50% of all births. This means that many children will be in a poverty or subsistence-level setting. Studies after studies demonstrate that many of these children develop behavior problems, are under-achievers, have low self-esteem, and rarely flourish.

    It has been written concerning the absence of fathers in the black community. Now, this is becoming more pervasive in Hispanic, Asian, and Caucasian ones. I point this out to raise the question of where and how are these children to know healthy role models. For example, the mention is made of masculinity being “imitated from the movies.” Really? Really??? Well, this could explain why there are so many “feminized” males today, because in movies and TV sitcoms that’s what you get. Likewise, I would ask what sort of role models are being lifted up for young girls in the media.

    I know there are those who are attempting to address these matters: Ben Carson and his wife. Elayne Bennett, wife of William Bennett, is another. Yet, they and all other associations, programs, and organizations need to be iduplicated in a manifold degree to impact our national dilemma.

  2. This trend has been afoot for at least the past thirty years. De-emphasizing recess, sports, auto mechanics, and construction trades on the assumption every child is an Einstein is a big part of the problem.

    Consider that only 1% of the population of this country serve in the armed forces and 75% are incapable of passing the physical in the first place.

    Question: How does one help raise a child when they live two miles away?

    Most parents today could not tell you within a five mile radius where their kid last took a sh*t.