2016-10-29 19:49:06 UTC
In an interview with The Spectator, Paglia tells journalist Emily Hill
that Clinton's claim that her election to the presidency would break
the final pane of the glass ceiling is balderdash:
It's an outrage how she's played the gender card. She is a woman
without accomplishment. "I sponsored or co-sponsored 400 bills."
Oh really? These were bills to rename bridges and so forth. And the
things she has accomplished have been like the destabilization of
North Africa, causing refugees to flood into Italy... The woman is a
Having already voted once for Jill Stein of the Green Party, the
69-year-old professor of humanities at the University of the Arts in
Philadelphia asserts she's already voted for a woman for president, so
it's no big deal. Paglia's view of feminism is light years away from
the likes of Clinton and Madeleine Albright, who told young women
there would be a "special place in hell" for them if they chose Bernie
Sanders over Clinton.
"My philosophy of feminism, I call street=smart Amazon feminism,"
Paglia explains. "I'm from an immigrant family. The way I was
brought up was: the world is a dangerous place; you must learn to
defend yourself. You can't be a fool. You have to stay alert.
Nowadays, however, the author of soon-to-be-published Free Women, Free
Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism finds young girls are protected and coddled
as they're taught to become "helpless victims" when life becomes
"We are rocketing backwards here to the Victorian period with this
belief that women are not capable of making decisions on their own,"
she says. "This is not feminism - which is to achieve independent
thought and action. There will never be equality of the sexes if we
think that women are so handicapped they can't look after themselves."
And, of course, that is the image of women conveyed by Clinton and her
feminist colleagues. At a recent campaign stop in Haverford,
Pennsylvania, Clinton - with daughter Chelsea in tow - told an
audience of mostly women and young people that women need
taxpayer-funded assistance, courtesy of the government, from cradle to
grave in order to survive.
"We have to look at the whole life cycle," Clinton said, echoing the
"Life of Julia" presented by Barack Obama's re-election campaign in
2012. That campaign initiative demonstrated how a fictitious woman
named "Julia" fared better throughout her entire life because of big
government policies promoted by Obama over those of his then opponent,
Republican Mitt Romney.
"It should not be so hard to be a young parent," Clinton said in
Haverford. "And it should not be so hard on the other end of the age
spectrum to take care of your loved one."
"People say, `I can't get the help I need for myself, my spouse, my
child," Clinton continued. "There's just not enough help. Women tell
me these stories about how hard it is. They tell me not only do they
have no paid family leave, they have no earned sick days."
But, for Paglia - who is pro-prostitutes and pro-porn - women should
not be expecting special treatment. The feminists she reveres urged
women to be tough and fight their own battles with the intention of
winning them. Her favorite live feminist, according to Hill, is
Germaine Greer, while Amelia Earhart and Katharine Hepburn are at the
top of her list of those feminists no longer with us.
"I do not believe in quotas of any kind," she asserts. "If Hillary
wins, nothing will change. She knows the bureaucracy, all the offices
of government and that's what she likes to do, sit behind the scenes
and manipulate the levers of power.
A Trump victory, however, says Paglia, will be "an amazing moment of
change because it would destroy the power structure of the Republican
party, the power structure of the Democratic party and destroy the
power of the media."
"It would be an incredible release of energy... at a moment of
international tension and crisis," she added.