Monday, September 29, 2014

Camille Paglia Nails Naive Sexual Myths of the Rape Culture nd Lack of Comprehension of Real Evil In the World on College Campuses Today


WRITING IN TIME THIS WEEK AND LINKED ON DRUDGE,  CAMILLE PAGLIA FOCUSES HER COLUMN ON THE BEDROCK REALITY OF REAL EVIL IN THE WORLD and the naive silliness of modern college campuses to address the true problems in women's sexuality.

Her brilliant piece should  be required reading on every college campus in the country, as well as in every American family that's raising girls who have no true grasp of the reality of evil or the power of sexual attraction in a fallen, often depraved world.  Failure to teach ourselves and children about the dark forces in the world is a tragic mistake and commentary on modern society, over-protecting parenting. It's another reason why we would do well to take our children to Sunday school and church and teach them the Truth about evil.  Anything else is a naive mistake, often with tragic consequences.
The disappearance of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham two weeks ago is the latest in a long series of girls-gone-missing cases that often end tragically. A 32-year-old, 270-pound former football player who fled to Texas has been returned to Virginia and charged with “abduction with intent to defile.” At this date, Hannah’s fate and whereabouts remain unknown. 

Wildly overblown claims about an epidemic of sexual assaults on American campuses are obscuring the true danger to young women, too often distracted by cellphones or iPods in public places: the ancient sex crime of abduction and murder. Despite hysterical propaganda about our “rape culture,” the majority of campus incidents being carelessly described as sexual assault are not felonious rape (involving force or drugs) but oafish hookup melodramas, arising from mixed signals and imprudence on both sides. 

Too many young middleclass women, raised far from the urban streets, seem to expect adult life to be an extension of their comfortable, overprotected homes. But the world remains a wilderness. The price of women’s modern freedoms is personal responsibility for vigilance and self-defense..Colleges should stick to academics and stop their infantilizing supervision of students’ dating lives, an authoritarian intrusion that borders on violation of civil liberties. Real crimes should be reported to thepolice, not to haphazard and ill-trained campus grievance committees. 
Current educational codes, tracking liberal-Left, are perpetuating illusions about sex and gender. The basic Leftist premise, descending from Marxism, is that all problems in human life stem from an unjust society and that corrections and fine-tunings of that social mechanism will eventually bring utopia. Progressives have unquestioned faith in the perfectibility of mankind.
The horrors and atrocities of history have been edited out of primary and secondary education except where they can be blamed on racism, sexism, and imperialism — toxins embedded in oppressive outside structures that must be smashed and remade. But the real problem resides in human nature, which religion as well as great art sees as eternally torn by a war between the forces of darkness and light. 
Liberalism lacks a profound sense of evil — but so does conservatism these days, when evil is facilely projected onto a foreign host of rising political forces united only in their rejection of Western values. Nothing is more simplistic than the now rote use by politicians and pundits of the cartoonish label “bad guys” for jihadists, as if American foreign policy is a slapdash script for a cowboy movie.The gender ideology dominating academe denies that sex differences are rooted in biology and sees them instead as malleable fictions that can be revised at will. The assumption is that complaints and protests, enforced by sympathetic campus bureaucrats and government regulators, can and will fundamentally alter all men. 
But extreme sex crimes like rape-murder emanate from a primitive level that even practical psychology no longer has a language for. Psychopathology, as in Richard von Krafft-Ebing’s grisly Psychopathia Sexualis (1886), was a central field in early psychoanalysis. But today’s therapy has morphed into happy talk, attitude adjustments, and pharmaceutical shortcuts.
There is a ritualistic symbolism at work in sex crime that most women do not grasp and therefore cannot arm themselves against. It is well-established that the visual faculties play a bigger role in male sexuality, which accounts for the greater male interest in pornography. The sexual stalker, who is often an alienated loser consumed with his own failures, is motivated by an atavistic hunting reflex. He is called a predator precisely because he turns his victims into prey. 
Sex crime springs from fantasy, hallucination, delusion, and obsession. A random young woman becomes the scapegoat for a regressive rage against female sexual power: “You made me do this.” Academic clich√©s about the “commodification” of women under capitalism make little sense here: It is women’s superior biological status as magical life-creator that is profaned and annihilated by the barbarism of sex crime.
Misled by the naive optimism and “You go, girl!” boosterism of their upbringing, young women do not see the animal eyes glowing at them in the dark. They assume that bared flesh and sexy clothes are just a fashion statement containing no messages that might be misread and twisted by a psychotic. They do not understand the fragility of civilization and the constant nearness of savage nature.

Paglia is the author of Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt to Star Wars.


gcotharn said...

I have noticed something similar, yet was not wise enough to identify it as the actual evil which it is: there is a middle class way to grow up in which a child/teenager is vastly surrounded by adults who wish them well. A entire young lifetime of this ... creates a person in their twenties who is dulled to evil 40 and 50 year old individuals who seek to take advantage of them in every possible respect. The young adult has rarely, if ever, encountered a mature adult who actively seeks to harm them. I have observed this dull lack of awareness in my own son, in my niece, and in my son's friends. Its not their fault, entirely: it is largely my fault, and the fault of other adults who love them and yet have not properly prepped them to encounter evil.

Webutante said...

Great observation, Greg...we and society bear the responsibility of teaching our children the reality of evil---in many different and attractive faces---in our world today. I worry the the next generation of helicopter parents will take this over-protection even further. When it happens, there is always a rude awakening which adulting children are often not prepared in any way, shape or form to discern or deal with.

Bob said...

Wow! You are right: Paglia nails it! Thanks for posting this fabulous essay.

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