Don’t read Paglia, read Ivins

A pale skinned woman with white hair laughing unabashedly, holding a mug

Mary Tyler Ivins
(Aug. 30th, 1944 ~ Jan. 31st, 2007)

The late great Molly Ivins wrote everything anyone needs to know about Camille Paglia way back in 1991. This is my favourite paragraph (although it’s a tough contest):

There is one area in which I think Paglia and I would agree that politically correct feminism has produced a noticeable inequity. Nowadays, when a woman behaves in a hysterical and disagreeable fashion, we say, “Poor dear, it’s probably PMS.” Whereas, if a man behaves in a hysterical and disagreeable fashion, we say, “What an asshole.” Let me leap to correct this unfairness by saying of Paglia, Sheesh, what an asshole.

If, after reading that Ivins piece, you’re still interested in serial trollumnist Paglia’s latest attempt to be culturally relevant via anti-feminism (content note: discussion of rape myths and rape trivialisation), David Futrelle has taken it on over at We Hunted The Mammoth.

Or you could read this memorial collection of pointed pithiness from Molly instead.



Categories: culture wars, gender & feminism, media, social justice

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1 reply

  1. Molly Ivins! Dear God, I miss her so.
    Thanks for the links.

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