The [below] audio of Dennis Prager interviewing lesbian Camille Paglia is outstanding. Paglia, who is a Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the Philadelphia U. of the Arts, discusses how the much-needed and ground-breaking gay activism of the 1960's devolved into the current gay political movement which doesn't allow for any inspection of its views and thereby hurts the gay and lesbian communities which experience many problems that need to be honestly examined. Click on this link to listen to the interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xXThqohiZo
Here are just a few of Paglia's ideas to give you a sample of her honesty and ability to go against the herd mentality of current gay activism:
- It's a canard that you're born gay
- Homosexuality is an adaptation; sexuality is very fluid
- The culture you're born into affects who will wind up gay. If you were born at a different historical time, you may not have been gay.
- Every gay person she knows has some kind of underlying drama going on in their lives that the current gay establishment doesn't want them exploring
- Paglia believes every gay man she knows was closer to his mother than his father.
“Every single gay person I know has some sort of drama going on, back in childhood. Something was happening that we’re not allowed to ask about anymore . . . I can see patterns that are similar in my background to that of other women I know who are lesbians, but the biggest patterns are in gay men. Every single gay man I know had a particular pattern where for whatever reason, he was closer to his mother than to his father, and there was some sort of distance between the mother and the father, so that she looked to her son as her real equal or friend, as the real companion of her soul. Sometimes these women were discreet and dignified. Other times, they were very theatrical and in a sense they drafted their son into their own drama. But now, you are not allowed to ask any questions about the childhood of gay people anymore. It’s called ‘homophobic’. The entire psychology establishment has shut itself down, politically . . . and also, Freud was kicked out by early feminism in the late 60s and early 70s. So all the sophistication of analysis that I knew in my college years when I went to the state university of New York – there were a group of radical young Jewish students from the New York area – they were so psychologically sophisticated in being able to analyze the family background. It’s all gone, that entire discourse is gone. Everything is political now. Families are bankrupting themselves, sending their kids to the elite schools to learn a political style of analysis (that says) ‘every single thing in the human person has been formed by some external force upon us, we are oppressed, it’s being inscribed on us’. It’s really sick. It’s a sick and stupid way of looking at human psychology . . . we are in a period now of psychological stupidity.”
-- Camille Paglia