Monday, April 9, 2007

Women's path to power?

"This is the new feminism. The path to power for women lies through male territory." Strange words for a social critic who swathes her website in pink. Yet that's the claim that Camille Paglia made last month in Toronto's Globe and Mail, in an essay available free via San Francisco's Chronicle.
Traipsing through an assortment of women who seem to be linked mostly by the fact that the name of each begins with "H" -- the 15th C. Egyptian Pharaoh Hatshepsut, the fictional Norwegian Hedda Gabler, and the former-U.S.-1st-Lady-turned-Senator-turned-Presidential-aspirant Hillary Clinton -- Paglia called on women to cultivate "hard-edged militancy" and "aggressiv[e]" wielding of "masculine power."
Even as we ponder the notion that even in 2007 a woman cannot succeed unless she can be more like a man, we wish that Paglia had waited a couple weeks before publishing: Can't help but wonder what she'd have to say about the soft-scarved diplomacy undertaken this past week by another powerful woman (alas, her name includes no "h"), U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

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