i haven't read any of her books or other articles, but my feeling is this lady just likes hearing herself talk and thinks (like many older people) that the way in which they were brought up is superior to modern ways. i disagree with most of what she says and find many of her arguments or statements to be idiotic or weak.
1. "If civilization had been left in female hands," she wrote, "we would still be living in grass huts."
2. "The entire elite class now, in finance, in politics and so on, none of them have military service—hardly anyone, there are a few. But there is no prestige attached to it anymore. That is a recipe for disaster," she says. "These people don't think in military ways, so there's this illusion out there that people are basically nice, people are basically kind, if we're just nice and benevolent to everyone they'll be nice too. They literally don't have any sense of evil or criminality."
she's arguing that military service is the only experience that affords you the leadership or strategic skills to take on finance, politics, or other "elite class" professions. i think this is completely ignorant. i also don't agree that there is no prestige in military service. i think those in the armed forces are extremely prized in our society, perhaps even more than they should be.
3. A key part of the remedy, she believes, is a "revalorization" of traditional male trades—the ones that allow women's studies professors to drive to work (roads), take the elevator to their office (construction), read in the library (electricity), and go to gender-neutral restrooms (plumbing).
when were road/construction workers, electricians, or plumbers ever "valorized" throughout history?
the only point where Ms. Paglia and i agree.
4. " Michelle Obama's going on: 'Everybody must have college.' Why? Why? What is the reason why everyone has to go to college? Especially when college is so utterly meaningless right now, it has no core curriculum" and "people end up saddled with huge debts," says Ms. Paglia. What's driving the push toward universal college is "social snobbery on the part of a lot of upper-middle-class families who want the sticker in the window."