Free Women, Free Men

Free Women, Free Men

Sex, Gender, Feminism

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2017
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375424779
Characteristics: xxvi, 315 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Oct 11, 2019

Interesting, angry but repetitive articles. Some very good and relevant observations. A good book to discuss, argue, agree and disagree with views on gender, sex and feminism.

Dec 19, 2018

She's a great writer but nevertheless suffers from something I often see from academics, namely, that they put too much stock in the explanatory power of their esoteric specialty. Not all sexual or psychological differences can be explained by classics or art history. Also just because something is vaguely phallic doesn't mean it'll give insight into male sexuality or psychology. She's no wilting wallflower and she recognizes the importance of biology thankfully. She is often mystified that many feminists don't. I think perhaps she is the exception not the rule within feminism.

Dec 10, 2017

Disappointing. I am a big fan of Camille Paglia's thinking and writing, but this collection of essays was more for newcomers to her work. Many of the pieces are taken from her older works -- they are still even more relevant in today's climate, and fantastic pieces but I was hoping for more new stuff.

The writing that is new is mostly just the same old ideas. It also leans too much to the political subject in my opinion. I love reading Paglia's thoughts on popular culture i.e. Madonna, Stilettos, the Real House Wives, If you're new to her I would strongly recommend this.

Jun 04, 2017

In this era of Pure Identity Politics, it is most refreshing to read and hear a unique thinker, one of the foremost living in America today [along with Michael Parenti, David Harvey, Michael Hudson, et cetera]. I haven't read this as of yet, but will be soon, but heard her talk on the topic of her book when she was on a book tour, and found it most invigorating!


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