10 September 2008

Camille Paglia Gets It

Camille Paglia supports Barack Obama, but even she had this to say about his "speech at the temple of Dionysus":
The over-the-top publicity stunt of a mega-stadium for Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic convention two weeks ago was a huge risk that worried me sick -- there were too many things that could go wrong, from bad weather to crowd control to technical glitches on the overblown set. [...] I was shocked and disappointed by how little there was about foreign policy, a major area where wavering voters have grave doubts about him. [...]
The part I want to focus on--emphasis added--is the part where she calls him "over-the-top." I like that for obvious reasons. But the more significant point is the one she makes about Sarah Palin. Again, her statements here carry extra significance because she is a genuine, bona fide, Barack Obama supporter.
Conservative though she may be, I felt that Palin represented an explosion of a brand new style of muscular American feminism. At her startling debut on that day, she was combining male and female qualities in ways that I have never seen before. And she was somehow able to seem simultaneously reassuringly traditional and gung-ho futurist. In terms of redefining the persona for female authority and leadership, Palin has made the biggest step forward in feminism since Madonna [...]
The headline of this post could have read, alternatively, Sarah Palin: Redefining Feminism.

Ps. Do click through and read the whole of Paglia's article. She's reasonable and readable.

UPDATE 11 Sept. 10:01pm MDT: American Thinker: Why Feminists Fear Strong Women.

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