Camille Paglia was a voice for men before the word “misandry” was widely used or even understood. “Freedom,” she says, “in the gender realm means the freedom of each sex to define its history and destiny without blame or harassment.” She acknowledges that men have been “impugned and silenced by feminism.”
Her brand of libertarian feminism stands in clear contrast to the incessant voices of mainstream feminism that demand women be given special privileges without personal responsibility. Men, the mainstream feminists believe, should have responsibility with fewer rights. In her new book, Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism, Paglia’s collection of essays explores why both sexes deserve and need freedom—and why that freedom is so important.