If you somehow missed Camille Paglia in any gender studies or cultural studies classes, here is a general (but by no means complete) run down: she’s a public intellectual who is extremely critical of mainstream feminists and accuses them of being the P.C. police; she’s pro-pornography and pro-legalized sex work; she believes masculinity and femininity are essential qualities in each of us that should be nurtured; she argues love and sex are supposed to be passionate, even violent; and she is obsessed with both “high culture” and “low culture,” particularly art and literature of the ancient Greeks and Romans and the pop star Madonna. To say Camille Paglia is controversial is putting it mildly; quite a few female writers dismiss her entirely as a publicity whore. Personally, I’ve read a few of her books and old Salon.com columns and find some of Paglia’s ideas interesting to think about.
Some of Paglia’s criticisms are spot-on: indeed, the woman whose birth certificate reads Stephani Germanotta was raised in New York City’s Upper West Side, attended the same private school as the Hilton sisters and attended one year of $40K-a-year NYU, and was financially supported by her parents while she launched her music career. Paglia accuses Gaga of a disingenuous identity, writing:
“There is a monumental disconnect between Gaga’s melodramatic self-portrayal as a lonely, rebellious, marginalised artist and the powerful corporate apparatus that bankrolled her makeover and has steamrollered her songs into heavy rotation on radio stations everywhere.”
[Wikipedia: Camille Paglia]
Feminism has a lot of PR problems. Millions of people around the world believe men should be the heads of families and companies, women are designed to be their help-mates. The idea that women are better parents than men and men are better bosses than women are pervasive, to say nothing of the notion that the sole purpose of a women’s sexuality is to be a receptacle for male genitalia. Famous people who obviously support a woman’s right to be whatever she wants to be hesitate to label themselves a “feminist” out of fear for negative connotations of the word. And to top it all off, every few years some magazine declares, “Feminism is dead!” Seriously, Marmite gets a better wrap. Keep reading »
Feminism has a lot of PR problems. Millions of people around the world actually believe men should be the heads of families and companies, women are designed to be their help-mates. The beliefs that women are better parents than men and men are better bosses than women are pervasive, to say nothing of the belief that the sole purpose of a women’s sexuality is to be a receptacle for male genitalia. Famous people who obviously are in support of a woman’s right to be whatever she wants to be hesitate to call themselves a “feminist” because of negative connotations of the word. And to top it all off, every few years some magazine declares, “Feminism is dead!” Keep reading »
Before this weekend, perhaps only Miss Universe Pageant fans or sports fans in Mexico had heard of Ines Sainz. But today, we know her as a beautiful sports reporter who was sexually harassed by members and staff of the New York Jets football team. Or wasn’t sexually harassed at all. Or is skeptical about whether to label what happened to her. In any case, Ines Sainz may not call what happened to her “sexual harassment,” but she did say this to The New York Post last night: “I felt very uncomfortable … Women should be treated professionally, and they deserve to be treated with respect.” Keep reading »
Boobies in 3D. How could bra manufacturers have not thought of this earlier? It seems unreal, but Wonderbra just introduced their first 3D breasts billboard in London. Onlookers require 3DD (get it?) glasses to fully enjoy the Full Effect Wonderbra, which claims to boost your girls up another two cup sizes. For us poor souls without the special spectacles, the WonderBra ad is just a slightly blurry image of Brazilian model Sabraine Banando — not that anyone will complain.
Clever, yes, but we’re of the opinion that the less boob-age we see in any dimension in public, the more novel it is in private. [AdRants] Keep reading »
Sometimes being a feminist means sticking up for someone you hate when she is being treated wrong. That feminist is me and the person I hate is Angelina from “Jersey Shore.” Angelina is the embodiment of every awful characteristic in a human being: duplicitous, slimy, back-stabbing. None of her “Jersey Shore” cast members like or trust Angelina and call her the “Staten Island dump” to her face. Really, the girl’s lack of self-awareness would be amusing if it weren’t so sad.
One person does like Angelina, though: Jose, a gent from Miami who buys her a Fossil watch after two dates. Angelina takes the watch from Jose, but then “smushes” with Vinny during a drunken night of bad decisions. The cast will have none of this. They call Angelina a “whore” and a “slut.” The Situation goes up to Jose at the club one night to say Angelina has something she needs to tell him. Keep reading »
A dishy new biography of Lady Gaga claims she crash diets, fooled around with one of her producers, and refused to tour with Kanye West after his 2009 VMAs meltdown.
Gaga was hospitalized six times during 2009 for eating-disordered behavior, claims her former tour manager David Ciemny in Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga, by Maureen Callahan. Ciemny claims Gaga made herself “physically and mentally … sick” trying to fit into her costumes, binging on only junk food and once losing 20 lbs. right-quick to fit into a crazy get-up.
The book, which releases tomorrow, also claims not-so-surprisingly that Lady Gaga’s wackadoodle image was constructed because the music industry didn’t think she was conventionally attractive enough to garner attention. Harsh! Keep reading »