FREE WOMEN, FREE MEN

North & South - - Review -

CAMILLE PAGLIA (ALLEN & UN­WIN, $27.99) Fem­i­nist Camille Paglia needs no in­tro­duc­tion. Since the re­lease of her first book Sex­ual Per­sonae in 1990, she has re­mained an un­apolo­getic and out­spo­ken ad­vo­cate for free­dom of thought and free­dom of speech. Now, for the first time, Paglia’s best ar­ti­cles, lec­tures and in­ter­views on sex, gen­der and fem­i­nism have been com­piled in her seventh book, Free Women, Free Men. Some of her early ar­ti­cles are a tad high­brow, but then she comes alive and hi­lar­i­ous in, for in­stance, a lec­ture she gave at the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in 1991. Scathing and un­com­pro­mis­ing, she is not a mean-spir­ited fem­i­nist, po­lit­i­cally cor­rect wowser or male basher, un­like sev­eral con­tem­po­raries she glee­fully drops in it with Wildean wit. JU­DITH BARAGWANATH

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