Today’s Rant: Middle Class Sex is So Boring to Villagers

For today’s rant, Village Idiot Camille Paglia almost hurts herself, wondering why middle class folks aren’t having enough sex lately.

WILL women soon have a Viagra of their own? Although a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recentlyrejected an application to market the drug flibanserin in the United States for women with low libido, it endorsed the potential benefits and urged further research. Several pharmaceutical companies are reported to be well along in the search for such a drug.

The implication is that a new pill, despite its unforeseen side effects, is necessary to cure the sexual malaise that appears to have sunk over the country. But to what extent do these complaints about sexual apathy reflect a medical reality, and how much do they actually emanate from the anxious, overachieving, white upper middle class?

Female viagra? What a load of bull shit. Maybe the ladies haven’t wanted to f*ck lately because they’re freaking tired. With the recession most of them are supporting their families and yet still doing seventy five percent of the housework and childcare. And maybe they don’t want to have sex because no matter what they do they can’t look like the anorexic airbrushed chicks on TV. Almost every girl my age has low self esteem, and that is because of society’s ridiculous expectations.

They are supposed to be pretty and perfect and get good grades and go to college, just so they can get married, have a lousy career and push out two or three kids that they raise all on their own. What a life! Who wouldn’t get hot living that American Dream?

But Camille has more pearls of wisdom we aren’t supposed to roll our eyes at.

Only the diffuse New Age movement, inspired by nature-keyed Asian practices, has preserved the radical vision of the modern sexual revolution. But concrete power resides in America’s careerist technocracy, for which the elite schools, with their ideological view of gender as a social construct, are feeder cells.

In the discreet white-collar realm, men and women are interchangeable, doing the same, mind-based work. Physicality is suppressed; voices are lowered and gestures curtailed in sanitized office space. Men must neuter themselves, while ambitious women postpone procreation. Androgyny is bewitching in art, but in real life it can lead to stagnation and boredom, which no pill can cure.

Meanwhile, family life has put middle-class men in a bind; they are simply cogs in a domestic machine commanded by women. Contemporary moms have become virtuoso super-managers of a complex operation focused on the care and transport of children. But it’s not so easy to snap over from Apollonian control to Dionysian delirium.

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.

And neither will you, Camille. My girl b*ner just deflated into a zipper reading that idiotic, poorly written, unintelligent and completely off-base horse shit.

Sexuality is not being repressed because women aren’t having as many babies and men are emasculated by family life and offices. Sexuality is being repressed because for the past ten years the middle class has just been TOO tired. While morons like Camille Paglia marvel over their superior sex lives with fellow upper crust tool bags and their sexual enlightenment, the middle class works their asses off so they can get a tax cut. Our libidos are non existent because our lives suck, not because our values are not as enlightened as yours.

Furthermore, our libidos are also non existent because you ass wipes tell us they should be in the media. OMG, you WORK for a living? Your wife WORKS too? You shop at Wal mart? YOU DRIVE A MINI VAN? How do you ever get horny?

Sex is sex. The media suppresses sexuality and our culture and the Patriarchy suppresses sexuality, that much is obvious. But it doesn’t matter if it’s in the back seat of a ford focus or the back seat of a Royce. You have to at least have to have time to do the nasty.

Now does anyone know who Camille Paglia’s husband is? I think I’m going to go sleep with him.


10 Responses

  1. Ms. Paglia is a classic example of an intellectual who overthinks her way out of comprehension of a subject. Willie Dixon vs. Lady Gaga?? In my book, ‘Dixon’s the One’ and always will be. But he is no more responsible for creating mojo than the aseptic Gaga is for our current vapid culture — both are reflections thereof.

    True, isis — exhaustion is definitely a libido-inhibitor — as is picturing oneself as a van-driving “parent”, instead of a sensuous & sensual individual.

    Male viagra addresses a physical impediment that thwarts an otherwise libidinous mood. Female viagra is targeted at the lack of randiness itself. Better to find non-chemical ways to put women in the mood. Mollifying stress is one. Purging the final remnants of our Victorian imprisonment would be another. Being less picky would be the final. In that, I mean: culture
    tells us that sex is magic, your (carefully) chosen sex partner is perfect, unique, predestined even. Don’t ever hump unless the Perfect Storm presents itself. But as isis points out, in reality, “sex is sex.”

    P.S. If isis is offering to scale Mr. Paglia’s Matterhorn, I can take Camille on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

  2. Camille had a partner, her name was Alison but they’re separated.

    Paglia’s female shock jock routine just makes me roll my eyes. This is all I hear from her: Careerist women, blah blah, uptight women, yarda yarda, poor male creampuffs, waka waka.

  3. Oh, if you want careerist woman gobshite, try the Atlantic’s Sandra Tsing Lo (sweet chariot). A tangled ganglia of every neurosis imaginable, willingly trapped under an avalanche of DK suits, Cakebread Chardonnays, minivan- chauffeured playdates, Montessori admissions Angst, and Celadon pots — not to mention self-serving, sham sack-cloth promenading for having had an affair, thus cuckholding her creampuff, Celadon-pot-using, $40 “finishing balsamic vinegar” -dribbling putz of a husband.

  4. Oh wow, that sounds wretched. I’ll have to grab a barfbag and check that out sometime.

    I wasn’t mocking Paglia for careerist woman gobshite, btw — I was referring to Paglia’s own predictable contempt for women, etc. By her definition, Hillary is one of those uptight careerist women emasculating men everywhere she goes.

    Back in ’08 she said the men Hillary attracts are all either “slick geeky weasels or rancid asexual creampuffs/”

  5. Paglia is an idiot. She obviously has too much time on her hands and maybe should get a real job so she would know what real people do.
    What I find most amusing is her current confusion with gender roles. Somehow she wants to turn back the clock in some bizarre way to a place where a women had to be less than themselves to prop up phony men just to get a little action. As I recall that era didn’t work out so well either. I actually find her to be exceedingly provincial.

  6. Wandered in from Tamerlane’s blog to find this. I sympathized way back w/Paglia as she taught (despite Yale PhD under poo-bah windbag Harold Bloom) at an obscure college while writing “Sexual Personae,” but the follow-up she promised 20 years ago never surfaced, and here she is w/her own grand status writing dreck. And, she has done well as one who doubtless peddles her stand-up schtick to the “elite schools” as in alma mater Yale. I guess that leaves her less time for her follow-up work to be written.

    As for Ms. Tsing Loh, I read her “Atlantic” purported book reviews to remind myself of how gormless an editor must be, for her rants must be published w/out any red pencil, or the cyber-equivalent. Her post-splits divorce tirades are funnier than she thinks they are, if unintentionally.

    She spent much of the 80s & 90s shilling herself around L.A. as a hip performance artiste. Now she ages (yeah, a year younger than me *&%#) into the woe-is-me, I grew up in Malibu, graduated CalTech, I live in my Volvo in the Valley sob-stories. I know from a friend who got ousted from her public radio gig to give it to STL that she makes a steady living at what the Irish call “putting on the poor mouth.” BTW, her radio voice is like fingers on chalkboard.

    Which may explain why she lacks a man! As for the rest of us, well, living in L.A. with the temperature now near 100, I wonder how those in the tropics ever get around to the nasty. We have not been able to afford fixing our heating-cooling unit, due to the recession. So, it all makes sense.

  7. I was once called “The Red Pencil Rapist” by a young PR writer in my employ, after shredding one of her drafts. I merely told her, “you’re a good writer by nature, but that wasn’t good writing.” Fionnchu is right: editors don’t edit any more, not even at national pubs.

    Has Fionnchu identified the sole negative feedback in Global Warming? As temps rise, will birth rates decline?

  8. India has a high birth rate, heat doesn’t bring a decline in birth rates there, but female literacy and education does.

  9. I was being facetious, but I did wonder about how tropical denizens manage to mate and reproduce so vigorously; must be acclimation. I may have been too snarky towards Paglia and STL, but their stand-up stances and cruise control on the same old delivery do weary me. One claims to speak for you and me from her ivory tower; the other to speak as you and me. Neither convinces me. P.S. We men get tired too. I read Hugh Hefner takes Viagra at 84. He recommends it.

  10. Lol.. I understood it was facetious… I was just being a dork and trying to squeeze some demographics-and-women’s-autonomy facts in there. I love the demographic research of India. It shows that if you help women and girls lift themselves up, you lift up the world!

    I don’t like Paglia at all… she is intellectually dishonest and writes to play to a “female shock jock” persona.. she deserves to be snarked at. She also has a terrible case of Hillary hate.

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