The Internet is full of people speaking their minds—about everything from that hair dryer they bought on Amazon.com to their reasons for preferring Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary race. But political correctness has also been making itself heard more vigorously online in recent years. In February, Twitter announced the creation of an Orwellian-sounding Trust & Safety Council that includes PC warriors such as GamerGate leader Anita Sarkeesian and Hillary superfan Lena Dunham. The council is tasked with suspending the accounts of users deemed to be harassing (not surprisingly, many of those users end up being conservative). Facebook employees evidently polled their leadership to determine whether or not it should manipulate its users to help prevent the election of Donald Trump. (In typical Trump fashion, The Donald responded that he wasn’t worried since he’s one of Facebook’s “great stars”).
Which is why it’s especially refreshing to hear someone speak her mind freely and sharply about the culture’s most controversial issues. In a recent interview with the British magazine Spiked, critic Camille Paglia took on many feminist shibboleths, as well as its self-appointed champions. Her best line? That Girls star Lena Dunham’s compulsion to get naked isn’t empowering or even sexy. Dunham, says Paglia, is just “a big pile of pudding”:
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Paglia also noted that Dunham represents “neuroticism masquerading as feminism” and laments the overprotected millennial generation and its lack of knowledge about history.
There’s a great deal more covered in the interview, including the excesses of campus feminism. It’s worth seeing the whole thing; and, at about the length of a single episode of Girls, Paglia’s interview is much more edifying.