In an interview with the UK Spectator today, iconoclastic feminist academic Camille Paglia unleashes her refreshingly fearless takes on today's coddled feminists, the unaccomplished Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump as "amazing moment of change."
"My philosophy of feminism," Paglia says, "I call street-smart Amazon feminism. 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."
Instead, she asserts, middle-class girls today are being raised in just the opposite fashion: coddled, indulged and protected in safe spaces from reality, today's young feminists embrace victimhood and powerlessness rather than independence:
"We are rocketing backwards here to the Victorian period with this belief that women are not capable of making decisions on their own. 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."
Speaking of victimhood, "It’s an outrage how she’s played the gender card," the 69-year-old New Yorker Paglia says of Hillary:
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 disaster!"
As to why America hasn't already had a female president, Paglia posits that most women just aren't up to the demands of campaigning:
"In order to run for president of the United States, you have to spend two or three years of your life out on the road constantly asking for money and most women find that life too harsh, too draining,’ Paglia argues. ‘That is why we haven’t had a woman president in the United States — not because we haven’t been ready for one, for heaven’s sakes, for a very long time.’
Paglia had previously voted for Bill Clinton twice, but then was repulsed by the way Monica Lewinsky was treated by both the Clintons: "My jaundiced view of [Hillary] is entirely the result of observing her behavior. And last election, I voted for Jill Stein’s Green party. So I have already voted for a woman president."
"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."
For a feminist, even an iconoclastic one, Paglia has an eye-opening view of a Trump presidency:
But people want change and they’re sick of the establishment — so you get this great popular surge, like you had one as well… This idea that Trump represents such a threat to western civilization — it’s often predicted about presidents and nothing ever happens — yet if Trump wins it 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.