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Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it.

CAMILLE PAGLIA, Sex, Art, and American Culture

Butterfield 8, with its call-girl heroine working her way down the alphabet of men from Amherst to Yale, appeared at a very formative moment in my adolescence and impressed me forever with the persona of the prostitute, whom I continue to revere. The prostitute is not, as feminists claim, the victim of men, but rather their conqueror, an outlaw, who controls the sexual channels between nature and culture.

CAMILLE PAGLIA, Vamps and Tramps

Prostitution is not just a service industry, mopping up the overflow of male demand, which always exceeds female supply. Prostitution testifies to the amoral power struggle of sex.... Prostitutes, pornographers, and their patrons are marauders in the forest of archaic night.

CAMILLE PAGLIA, Sexual Personae

Pregnancy demonstrates the deterministic character of woman’s sexuality. Every pregnant woman has body and self taken over by a chthonian force beyond her control. In the welcome pregnancy, this is a happy sacrifice. But in the unwanted one, initated by rape or misadventure, it is a horror. Such unfortunate women look directly into nature’s heart of darkness. For a fetus is a benign tumor, a vampire who steals in order to live. The so-called miracle of birth is nature getting her own way.

CAMILLE PAGLIA, Sexual Personae

Feminism has become a catch-all vegetable drawer where bunches of clingy sob sisters can store their moldy neuroses.

CAMILLE PAGLIA, Vamps and Tramps

When it defines man as the enemy, feminism is alienating women from their own bodies.

CAMILLE PAGLIA, Vamps and Tramps

Cats are autocrats of naked self-interest.

CAMILLE PAGLIA, Sexual Personae

We need a new kind of feminism, one that stresses personal responsibility and is open to art and sex in all their dark, unconsoling mysteries.

CAMILLE PAGLIA, intro, Sex, Art, and American Culture

Male aggression and lust are the energizing factors in culture. They are men's tools of survival in the pagan vastness of female nature.

CAMILLE PAGLIA, Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson

Capitalism is an art form, an Apollonian fabrication to rival nature. It is hypocritical for feminists and intellectuals to enjoy the pleasures and conveniences of capitalism while sneering at it.... Everyone born into capitalism has incurred a debt to it. Give Caesar his due.

CAMILLE PAGLIA, Sexual Personae


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