Feb 27, 2020
Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism
Posted by Camille Paglia

From the fiery intellectual provocateur a brilliant essay collection that both celebrates and challenges modern feminism from motherhood to Madonna, football to Friedan, stilettos to Steinem When Camille Paglia first burst onto the scene with her best selling Sexual Personae, she established herself as a smart, fearless, and often dissenting voice among feminists Now,From the fiery intellectual provocateur a brilliant essay collection that both celebrates and challenges modern feminism from motherhood to Madonna, football to Friedan, stilettos to Steinem When Camille Paglia first burst onto the scene with her best selling Sexual Personae, she established herself as a smart, fearless, and often dissenting voice among feminists Now, for the first time, her best essays on the subject are gathered together in one concise volume Whether she s declaring Madonna the future of feminism, asking if men are obsolete, calling for equal opportunity for American women years before the founding of N.O.W or urging all women to love football, Paglia can always be counted on to get a discussion started The rock solid intellectual foundation beneath her fiery words assures her timeless relevance.

  • Title: Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism
  • Author: Camille Paglia
  • ISBN: 9780375424779
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Free Women Free Men Sex Gender Feminism From the fiery intellectual provocateur a brilliant essay collection that both celebrates and challenges modern feminism from motherhood to Madonna football to Friedan stilettos to Steinem When Cami

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    Cultural battles whose ideological roots were planted in the 1970s by American academics under the influence of French post-structuralism, and which percolated in various forms throughout the 1980s, came to a crushing head by the beginning of the 1990s. What emerged was a new intellectual orthodoxy, characterized by a stance of permanent victimhood applicable to any group felt to fall outside of the privileged position occupied by white western males; widespread suspicion of, if not outright hos [...]


    Free Women, Free Men is a collection of Camille Paglia's articles, lectures and interviews on feminism and gender from 1990 through 2016. A significant portion of the content consists of criticisms of modern feminism, for its pervasive misandry, its collective victimhood complex, its denial of biology, and its historical revisionism. She particularly focuses on campus feminism, with its policing of speech and dependence on institutional authorities to monitor private interactions between young m [...]


    Would rather give it 3.5. I really liked parts of it. In a departure from convention, I've actually read this book. Paglia is an unrepentant weirdo. Some of her views are ridiculous, many of her insights are cutting. Her critique of poststructuralism is a breath of fresh air. Her view on the abortion debate are whacky (she accuses 'liberals' of being inconsistent in opposing the death penalty but supporting access to abortion — an interesting reversal of conventional thinking but one that doe [...]


    I really wanted to enjoy this book. Written by a fiery unrepentant feminist who questions the gender binary, I thought there would be much to learn. Paglia writes about gender in a way that assumes biological sex determines much more than we realize. this is an assumption I don't disagree with entirely. Certainly hormones--to the extent that we actually measure hormone flux in differently gendered bodies--make a difference in a person's bodily development and likely their personality. But these [...]


    Good lord, no. The worst of white feminism and plain old misogyny combined. Her views on rape and women who aren't like her are simply unbearable.


    It's been at least 20 years since I read Sexual Personae and I'd completely forgotten how much I enjoy Camille Paglia. (Also, since this was available in audiobook format, I was finally able to hear the word "chthonic" pronounced aloud for the first time!) Her worldview is refreshingly, bracingly original--and seemingly undaunted by social trends or prevailing schools of thought (urgh, no pun intended). E.g her essay about rape on college campuses, written over 25 years ago, is presented here wi [...]


    I've been wondering what happened to her more "men-friendly" version of feminism. She certainly writes like a fever and certainly left me with a few passages I will remember for some time. She has an interesting set of views: she is 100% for abortion rights, but somewhat pro-life, she is pro androgyny, well at the same time admitting that sexual freedom often precedes the decline of civilizations, and most controversially of all, she thinks the "rape-culture" accusation is infantilizing and coun [...]


    Reflexões mais do que necessárias, urgentes mesmo, para o debate feminista. Um alento ler textos que fogem do pensamento de manada, do clichê vazio de mantras como "capitalismo", "patriarcado", "construção social".


    This book of essays is mostly very entertaining. It is pretty repetitive tho with multiple pieces about the state of feminism and her critique of gender studies. I find some of what she says interesting and even refreshing. Other stuff is much worse --her thoughts on the inadequacies of female politicians to take the US presidency, lots of her ideas about rape culture and responses to sexual violence. She seems at times to be pandering to a male reader, or maybe just baiting feminists (who seem [...]

    Shellie Blum

    I have admired Camille Paglia's intellect for quite some time. I knew I had to read her latest book and it did not disappoint. I have to admit some of the vocabulary was a bit out of my league but that's what makes it so wonderful. She makes you think. She made me stretch my intellectual boundaries. My soon to be 81 year old Mom will read it next and then my 15 year old daughter and then my 15 year old son. I can't wait to discuss some of the issues and articles with them. One of my favorite cha [...]


    I was disappointed none of these essays covered any new ground. Reading Paglia is always an experience. Whether I'm thinking: "Hm, I never thought of it that way" or scratching my head and saying: WHAT the?", you realize that Camille Paglia refuses to engage in Groupthink. For that, I tip my hat to her. I don't always agree with her, but she's never boring.

    Morgan Schulman

    Lesbian tells straight women to be less whiney about rape and dress sexier, feels victimized.

    Anne Pak

    More of a 3.5 but rounded to 4 because I liked some of the essays so much. I didn't agree with them all but overall the book led to deep reflection on my own thoughts about feminism. Even when I disagreed with Paglia's opinions, I appreciated the opportunity to think about why I disagreed and how I had come to form my opinions on an issue. It is interesting to read her work through the years. The more things change. While it is repetitive at times, that is understandable since her message has be [...]

    Corinne Wasilewski

    Could not put this book down! Camille Paglia is a one person think tank! In a no holds barred style, she absolutely decimates the views/arguments of her critics/opponents in this hugely entertaining collection of essays. Fearless and provocative, she comes out with both guns blazing from the opening paragraph: "History moves in cycles. The plague of political correctness and assaults on free speech that erupted in the 1980s and were beaten back in the 1990s have returned with a vengeance. In the [...]

    Jay Ehret

    One thing sticks out at you as you read Paglia's collection of essays on feminism and sex; she has been consistent. Her libertarian brand of feminism has remained constant since her publication of Sexual Personae in 1990, the book that launched her career as a voice in the space.What I appreciated about the book is the history of feminism Paglia weaves into her essays. I found myself frequently going to the search engines to get deeper into the historical references. I also enjoyed her no-holds- [...]

    Jimmy Kang

    This compilation of Paglia's works fell short of my expectations in multiple ways. I was initially intrigued by her talk at the Battle of Ideas and bought the book to explore the issues in greater detail.Paglia's early works contain coherent and persuasive critiques on the contemporary feminism. However as the book progressed, her works resorted to lengthy ad.hominem attacks and the focus shifted onto rather tangential issues such as the decline of male sports and plastic surgery. Further, a lot [...]


    The first three chapters are selections from Sexual Personae and the remainder are lectures and op-eds, of which there are a few stand-out polemics on Madonna, rape and academic culture. Buried three-quarters in though is this cute anecdote:"It seems like centuries ago that, as a graduate student in 1970, I was vainly searching for a faculty sponsor for my doctoral dissertation, later titled Sexual Personae, which was—hard to imagine now—the only project on sex being proposed or pursued at t [...]

    Carlton White

    I had read a small amount of her work and was interested in delving deeper into her thoughts and philosophies. This book was an excellent way to do just that. While it did get a bit repetitive, it showed me why many of my "feminist" friends do not like her. I find her refreshing and with a good dose of common sense.

    Isabel Hogue

    I really enjoyed these common sense essays about feminism from someone who seems to delight in humanity, rather than hate half of it.

    Banafsheh Esmailzadeh

    It’s kinda spooky how early it was that Camille Paglia called a lot of what would happen today


    i can read a book that includes views that i disagree with. fine. but a badly written book? nope.


    Reading Camille Paglia, just like listening to her, is akin to letting a fantastic circus run though your brain, with the intensity turned to max and at the speed of hyperloop. M'kay?She is a force of nature, in her intellectual physicality, determination, knowledge and imagination. Even more so, given the sorry state of public discourse these days. In her own words: " what I represent is independent thought. What I represent is the essence of the Sixties, which is free thought and free speech. [...]

    Joe Haack

    The rating system isn't nuanced enough to categorize this book, which is really a "best of" collection. I'll say this: her writings illustrate the power of presuppositions, because she names them (i.e. "My code of modern ism" or "Although I am an atheist who worships only great nature, I recognize the superior moral beauty of religious doctrine that defends the sanctity of life") and then tries her best to make arguments that are consistent with these first principles. I think it is her ideolog [...]


    The book is a collection of speeches and essays that Paglia has published over the years. While there is a lot of overlap between the subjects and her ideas it is a great reader for anyone interested in her libertarian view of feminism. I had never really read much of her work and while the book is repetitive it is a nice primer for anyone curious about her work. "The title of this book exalts freedom as an indispensable condition for the incubation and flourishing of individualism. My libertari [...]


    E for effort.

    Mark McCormick

    Need a Xanax after reading Paglia. Mean it as a compliment, obviously.

    Michele Nordlie

    NOTE: There are no spoilers.I have started it. Didn't realize I've been waiting for this book to come out until I read a glowing review and saw that it had just been published. Like Paglia, I don't like to beat around the bush (as it were), and so my initial observation is this: Paglia has succeeded in fine-tuning some of the ideas put forth in Sexual Personae. I don't mind re-reading an author's remarks on a certain concept or interpretation of material culture; it is in the re-writing that the [...]


    Despite the flaws I perceive of her arguments, I would still highly recommend this book, entirely on the point that it is fore warner on modern educational, feminist, political dogma. As someone who understands what it is to be sure in an extreme worldview, I find her contrastive opinions of the modern trends, though sometimes disagreeable, to yet be imperative to any intellectual feminist. I believe it is important to understand our own opinions through the eyes of someone who believes of said [...]

    Jessica Hope

    This is the first book I have read in terms of feminist theory, and it was incredibly empowering. I think I have avoided other books on feminism, as a lot of what I have heard before was mainly men bashing. While I do not agree 100% with Camille Paglia, her points on how the second wave of feminism has hurt equality for women in the long run struck a cord with me. The book was easy to read and digest. It is a compilation of essays, interviews, and articles she has written for a number of print m [...]

    Mary Ronan Drew

    Ah, the ever-surprising Camille Paglia. She is perhaps the most independent progressive I know. She is a libertarian and a feminist and she is unafraid. Given her way she would close down all of the gender programs in American colleges and make all women study military history and she has well founded and often convincing reasons for the seemingly outrageous positions she takes. Her essays are guaranteed to infuriate ideologues on both ends of the spectrum.

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