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Free Women, Free Men : Sex, Gender, Feminism
by Camille Paglia


Overview - From the fiery intellectual provocateur-- and one of our most fearless advocates of gender equality--a brilliant, urgent essay collection that both celebrates modern feminism and challenges us to build an alliance of strong women and strong men.  Read more...

 
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Overview
From the fiery intellectual provocateur-- and one of our most fearless advocates of gender equality--a brilliant, urgent essay collection that both celebrates modern feminism and challenges us to build an alliance of strong women and strong men.
Ever since the release of her seminal first book, Sexual Personae, Camille Paglia has remained one of feminism's most outspoken, independent, and searingly intelligent voices. Now, for the first time, her best essays on the subject are gathered together in one concise volume. Whether she's calling for equal opportunity for American women (years before the founding of the National Organization for Women), championing a more discerning standard of beauty that goes beyond plastic surgery's quest for eternal youth, lauding the liberating force of rock and roll, or demanding free and unfettered speech on university campuses and beyond, Paglia can always be counted on to get to the heart of matters large and small. At once illuminating, witty, and inspiring, these essays are essential reading that affirm the power of men and women and what we can accomplish together.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780375424779
  • ISBN-10: 0375424776
  • Publisher: Pantheon Books
  • Publish Date: March 2017
  • Page Count: 352
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds


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Books > Social Science > Women's Studies - General
Books > Social Science > Feminism & Feminist Theory
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-02-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

Feminist and culture critic Paglia is at her feisty, full-throated best in this series of short manifestos that spans her career from her breakthrough 1990 study, Sexual Personae, to the present. Paglias remedy for the ills besetting contemporary women is an infusion of her personal brand of Amazonian feminism, which combines staunch libertarian principles with 1960s rebellion. She refuses to bow to ideology (The premier principles of this book are free thought and free speechopen, mobile, and unconstrained by either liberal or conservative ideology) and is uncompromising in her convictions. Paglias sharp tongue and clear vision veer toward forceful assertions and snappy insults as often as practical perspective and common-sense solutions. Her narrative of the major moments of second-wave feminism starts to sound rehearsed by the end, but her stances on date rape, abortion, free speech, sex, art, and the importance of historical perspective are admirably consistent, as is her contempt for university coddling, poststructuralism, womens studies programs, cults of victimhood, and anything mainstream. Paglias adversarial stance and scattered self-applause sometimes obscure the excellence of her prose, which is terse and studded with vivid metaphor. One does not have to agree with her theories about masculinity, femininity, and sex to enjoy Paglias bracing intellect and scrappy attitude. Agent: Lynn Nesbit, Janklow & Nesbit. (Mar.)

 
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