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Continuing to ride the bourgeois beat today (see below), I give you Camille Paglia, resurfacing at the New York Times while she writes a book. My favorite leftie tees up American sexual culture and knocks it out of the park:
Pharmaceutical companies will never find the holy grail of a female Viagra — not in this culture driven and drained by middle-class values. Inhibitions are stubbornly internal. And lust is too fiery to be left to the pharmacist.
I’d excerpt the whole thing, but that’s what links are for. In a culture struggling to reconcile bloodless science and animalistic appetite, the human element is getting squeezed out of sex. Paglia stays (probably wisely) away from the Sex in the City films, which have progressively dehumanized a cast of characters who became beloved in the first place for being So Real. But Paglia warns us that this can happen in real life, too, with all the blinding self-celebration of the movies.