Feminist Icon Camille Paglia Says ‘Rape Culture’ IS A RIDICULOUS TERM

Camille Paglia

In case you haven’t heard, the term ‘rape culture’ is the rallying cry of progressive feminists on college campuses.

Professor and author Camille Paglia isn’t buying it.

A writer for Spiked Online recently interviewed her:

Whelan: Speaking of a backward turn, young feminists today are obsessed with the idea of ‘rape culture’. Do you think that, as the idea of rape culture suggests, sexual violence is normalised?

Paglia: ‘Rape culture’ is a ridiculous term – mere gassy propaganda, too rankly bloated to critique. Anyone who sees sex so simplistically has very little sense of world history, anthropology or basic psychology. I feel very sorry for women who have been seduced by this hyper-politicised, victim-centered rhetoric, because in clinging to such superficial, inflammatory phrases, they have renounced their own power and agency.

You can read the whole interview here.

Camille Paglia has spoken out against other progressive gender policies this year.



  1. says

    Second wave feminism was organized around the concept of empowering women. Third wave feminism is attempting to infantilize women. I can see why a second wave feminist would be confused by this perverse desire to have “virtue through victimhood” that third wave feminists seem to crave.

    • Fred Bastiat says

      I’m always glad to see someone in the feminist arena mentioning individual agency that women inherently possess. Many outside of the third wave feminist movement see the obvious contradiction in the idea that women are born victims versus inherent agency, but that contradiction seems lost on the die hard activists – whose goal seems to be free stuff, badges of victimhood, and not advocacy of any basic human right.

      • TomDPerkins says

        No they are equally ridiculous.

        It being that one of the ideas is causing damage makes that one serious. Paglia calling Taylor Swift a Nazi Barbie is just pathetic on Paglia’s part.

    • AmosDWright says

      Or, as ridiculous as driving up to the edge of an ad hominem argument to distract from the central point of *this* issue.

      Paglia’s Nazi Barbie comment has nothing to do with the validity of her point about Third Wave feminism and “rape culture.”

      • TomDPerkins says

        Paglia distracted from and ad hominem’ed herself with her Nazi Barbie comment, if anyone has. I also did not claim her stupidity in the one comment detracted from this one featured here.

        It is ridiculous to say that “Rape culture”, as the left depicts it, exists.

        And it is as ridiculous as at least this one thing Paglia has said.

        Why you object to that being pointed out is something you cold explain.

  2. Cindy Munford says

    I always enjoy reading Prof. Paglia. It also makes me miss Christopher Hitchens all the more. These are people who can argue a point with their reasoning rather than insults. Always interesting whether I agree or not.

  3. Techtor Gorch says

    Turns out the 1994 movie PCU is a documentary.

    Jock #1: [at a party] What’s up, babes?
    Womynist #1: Pack up your rape culture and take a hike!
    Jock #1: [holds up a beer] You want a brewdog?
    Womynist #1: We’re not interested in your penis!
    Womynist #2: Wait, wait, I think he’s offering us a beer.


  4. Terenc Blakely says

    The ‘narrative’ is far more important that facts or reality and the ‘narrative’ is aimed at overthrowing the ‘white-patriarchal’ culture rather than confronting real evil. Confronting real evil could get your ass killed.

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