You may recall that I posted some comments on Paglia a few days ago. Link here. I found her op-ed to be incoherent, only interesting as a part of the culture wars.
After posting, I noticed that several exemplary bloggers seemed to believe that Paglia had lit on some point of consuming interest. They seemed to believe that she is promoting a lifestyle filled with exquisite sensual pleasure.
Clearly, I thought the opposite. Talking about lust is not the same as feeling lust. I suspect that if you have to keep talking about it and trying to convince young people to adopt it as a credo, you are not promoting lust but are diminishing it. As the bard once said: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."
But then again, I am of the male gender, so what do I know. That's why I was interested to read Anna North's column on Jezebel, entitled: "Legendary Nutjob Gives Horrible Sex Advice."
North is slightly more caustic than I was, but we can easily forgive her. Paglia is trying to peddle her wisdom to young women, and it feels like a good thing for a young woman to reject it out of hand. So, hats off to Anna North for a job well done.