Quotes by Camille Paglia

Camille Paglia

Camille Paglia

American academic and social critic

Alive from: 1947-

Category: Media

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    Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up.
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    Far from poisoning the mind, pornography shows the deepest truth about sexuality, stripped of romantic veneer.
    Source: Vamps and Tramps (1994)
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    Feminism has exceeded its proper mission of seeking political equality for women and has ended by rejecting contingency, that is, human limitation by nature or fate.
    Source: Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990)
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    Feminism has tried to dismiss the femme fatale as a misogynist libel, a hoary cliche. But the femme fatale expresses woman's ancient and eternal control of the sexual realm. The specter of the femme fatale stalks all of men's relationships with women.
    Source: Sex, Art and American Culture : New Essays (1992)
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    Feminism, coveting social power, is blind to women's cosmic sexual power.
    Source: Sex, Art and American Culture : New Essays (1992)
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    Feminism, in all fields, has yet to produce a single scholar of the intellectual rank of scores of these learned men in the German and British academic tradition.
    Source: Sex, Art and American Culture : New Essays (1992)
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    For a decade, feminists have drilled their disciples to say, Rape is a crime of violence but not of sex. This sugar-coated Shirley Temple nonsense has exposed young women to disaster. Misled by feminism, they do not expect rape from the nice boys from good homes who sit next to them in class.
    Source: Sex, Art and American Culture : New Essays (1992)
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    For me, the Profumo affair symbolizes the evanescence of male government compared to women's cosmic power.
    Source: Sex, Art and American Culture : New Essays (1992)
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    Freud says, Man fears that his strength will be taken from him by woman, dreads becoming infected with her femininity and then proving himself a weakling. Masculinity must fight off effeminacy day by day. Woman and nature stand ever ready to reduce the male to boy and infant.
    Source: Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990)
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    Greek pederasty honored the erotic magnetism of male adolescence in a way that today brings police to the door. Children are more conscious and perverse than parents like to think.
    Source: Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990)
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    Here's a lot to be said for celibacy, for the concentration of your mental and physical energy.
    Source: Sex, Art and American Culture : New Essays (1992)
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    Hollywood movies of the Fifties, like The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur, with their epic clash of pagan and Judeo-Christian cultures, tell more about art and society than the French-infatuated ideologues who have made a travesty of the best American higher criticism.
    Source: Sex, Art and American Culture : New Essays (1992)
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    Homeric mind is ingenuity, practical intelligence. There is no Rodin-like deep thinking, no mathematical or philosophical speculation. Odysseus thinks with his hands.
    Source: Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990)
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    Human life began in flight and fear. Religion rose from rituals of propitiation, spells to lull the punishing elements.
    Source: Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990)
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    If civilization had been left in female hands we would still be living in grass huts.
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