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Camille Anna Paglia
The Antifeminist; Heir to the Throne of Susan Sontag; Heir to the Throne of Mary McCarthy; the Libertarian Finger-Wagger; Hurricane Camille
Female with every biological implication of that label. Men should act like men, and women should act like women. I don't buy the whole idea of "social construction"— that society makes us behave as men or women—I say, "Born that way."
I was born in the town of Endicott, New York. We lived all around upstate New York, such as Syracuse and Oxford, where I went to school and my father was studying to become a graduate student. My parents were the real-deal Italian immigrants. Pazzo!
My first teaching gig was at Bennington College in Vermont—a school made famous by its association with such characters as Bret Easton Ellis and Joan Didion. I later got the hook-up from my former professor/mentor/intellectual equal at Yale, Harold Bloom. I went to fisticuffs with other feminists all the time and had to retreat to greener pastures, doing part-time stuff at East Coast colleges.
For my undergraduate education, I attended Harpur College (BTW: I was class valedictorian). I then moved on to a little place called Yale University, where I advertised my lesbianism (no one did that back then) and did the whole feminista routine. I was also taken under the wing of that behemoth of literary criticism and unrivaled Shakespeare professor, Harold Bloom, who cultivated in me an unswerving appreciation for the canon.
Wow. This question cannot be contained. Let me break this down: I'm a radical Libertarian but a registered Democrat who voted for the Green Party in the 2012 elections. I have found my fellow Democrats extremely disappointing. But even worse than my lazy-minded fellow Democrats are the evil trio of Republicans: Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Dick Cheney. These clowns are madmen just frothing for war. I am very opposed to the Iraq war and think that Obama really blew it by not getting us out of there.
Look, I don't consider myself a religious person, but I do take religion seriously—especially when it comes to art. I am an atheist who loves religion. In fact, as I say in Sexual Personae: "God is man's greatest idea." That's the best sentence I ever wrote—in a sea of fabulous sentences (source).
Reading any book in the Western Canon