Camille Paglia is one of my favourite speakers. She’s an old school feminist from the 1960s onwards. She criticises the second and third waves of feminism for demonising and blaming men for the problems of women.
I agree with her. Sometimes it feels like modern feminists believe this:
- All women’s problems are the fault of men
- All men’s problems are the fault of men
I transcribed part of her talk below:
1920s and 1930s, that to me is my favourite period in feminism, because these women admired what men had done, there was no male-bashing, as became systemic to second-wave feminism, it’s an absolute poison that has spread worldwide. A feminism based on denigrating men, trivialising what men have done, defining men as oppressors and tyrants through history, it’s an absolute lie.
There have been crimes against women, where they have occurred we must condemn them, but men throughout history, they have given their lives and their labour for their support of women and children.
You can see the rest of the talk below: