Camille Paglia: What a Woman President Should Be Like


She says something nice about Dianne Feinstein and, excuse me a moment, Pelosi, but still an interesting read.

  • I like Paglia.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Show me a woman with clear and significant accomplishments that can absolutely demonstrate that she never got a leg-up on everyone else based on “diversity” requirements.
    Such a thing does not yet exist, if it ever will, and electing a minoroity (or a woman) just because you want to show how progressive you are turned out to be a disaster last time we did that with Obama.

    I’d rather have competent leadership rather than impress the world’s leftists by destroying my country.
    I have never in my life seen a competent female in the workplace at the managerial level or above. Maybe others have seen it personally, but I never have. Sure I have also seen incompetent Males, but I have also has the privilege of working with, and for, some stunningly good visionaries that were true leaders, but they were always Males.

    • Thatcher?

      • disqus_W6sf

        Catherine the Great and Elizabeth I

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Monarchs, because of birthright, usually can’t be described as self-made.

          • Elizabeth was certainly very effective, though. I think you’d have to describe her as a good manager. I know less about Catherine.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Catherine was actually pretty good too.
            Embarrassingly I know more about her reign than I do about Elizabeth’s.

          • El Martyachi
          • El Martyachi

            …. was going for a “woman named Elizabeth who reached the peak of her field” joke.

            And is that a tranny?

          • One of history’s most prolific serial killers and (prior to that) an important warrior-companion of Joan of Arc (a character who herself seem extraordinarily improbable, whom you wouldn’t invent if she hadn’t been real, speaking of unusual women).

            Tranny would have been the least of his issues.

          • El Martyachi

            He coulda got a gig with Vlad Tepes when that one went up in smoke…

          • Vlad’s a Romanian hero, you know. Whether that says more about Vlad, the Turks, the Romanians or Bram Stoker I couldn’t say.

          • El Martyachi

            Better the piker than pikee I always say…

            .. and this line from Joan of Arc is pretty great “Asked if she knew she was in God’s grace, she answered: ‘If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me.'”

          • I love the fact that the two modern pop culture odes To Catholic Saints were written by a secular-Buddhist Jew. After all, why not?



          • Actually, with Elizabeth, it sort of plays into what Paglia says. It is difficult for a woman to establish authority, particularly when she’s a military commander. Elizabeth, like Joan, (in a different way), did it by building up a sort of iconography of her own virginity. This seems a bit weird to us, but it was an important foundation of her immense authority. She presented herself as something of an androgyn.

            “I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm; to which rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field.”


          • Minicapt

            Catherine was born “Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg”, and married a Romanov.


      • Drunk_by_Noon

        That’s the only possible exception that I can think of, and only because when she came up, none of that nonsense was in place.
        Maybe you could also add Golda Meir to that very short list too.
        Indeara Gandhi was Nehru’s daughter, so I’m sure she got lots of help, and in the end didn’t accomplish much other than damn near starting a full-on religious war with the Sikhs.

  • Edubeat

    Will Hilary be able to do the household chores if elected El Presidente. Or will the First Husband hire Monica to do them

    • Exile1981

      Don’t hire Monica, I hear she is absolutely useless at getting stains out.

    • bob e

      bill’s got one called the energizer .. or something like that ..
      puts monica too shame. plus all his girls from paedo island

  • El Martyachi

    BTW, when did woman and women become adjectives? Did I miss a memo? I first noticed it a couple weeks back during the “women scientists” Nobel Prize Tim Hunt row.

    It seems to mean the identity group of women and not the female sex characteristic.

    Oh and for no particular reason…

  • El Martyachi

    She kinda reminds me of David Bowie in that pic.

  • Frances

    Notice Ms Paglia didn’t mention Hillary Clinton at all.