Nice old Presbyterian ladies in Buckhead, sorority girls at SMU, UDC chapters in Richmond and Spartanburg—they all found out who Taylor was in jig time, and bought her records, followed her love life, learned the names of her cats.People of all ages who would never be fans of Lady Gaga or Madonna—let alone Amy Winehouse or Miley Cyrus—knew they could be Swifties and still be clean and decent folks.One of her first mainstream essays, just before she hit the Big Time, was a Op-Ed piece called “Madonna—Finally a Real Feminist” (December 14, 1990), wherein she praised Madonna’s risqué music video, “Justify My Love”: The video is pornographic. There’s that ethnic thing, and the fact that Madonna used the same kind of provocative style as Paglia (yawp-jawed sexual talk, sacrilegious treatment of Christian icons and paraphernalia) to build her celebrity.
They both imagine themselves to be still at cruising altitude, although their careers began their descent a long time ago, and the bulk of their audiences are the same old Boomers they had a quarter-century ago.
Madonna’s current Rebel Heart Tour has reportedly had trouble selling tickets.
Lesbians didn’t Conveniently enough this is what many lesbians like to think about themselves.
And Paglia made purring sounds in favor of classical education, Christianity, family values.
A quick study and smart cookie, Paglia figured out the neat trick of buttering her bread on all sides.
She won the hearts of men by saying things males couldn’t say, such as that women didn’t appreciate them enough and that most feminists were off their rockers.(And forget the coverall excuse of inborn sexual orientation; female sex drive is very plastic in adolescence, and girls have girl-crushes all the time without turning out gay.) From what Camille Paglia tells us, this is pretty much the road she took.And being self-aware, she tells us again and again it was possibly not the right road for her.Anyhow, when this didn’t excite the mobs, Paglia tacked the other way and told people how she hated “transgenderism” and how it was a symptom of Western “cultural collapse.” Alas, a hundred other people were already saying the same thing on this tiresome subject, so chalk up another colossal fail for our Camille.If Paglia wants to get back in the spotlight, I suggest a far more honorable path. Born in rural Pennsylvania and raised on a Christmas tree farm—seriously!Swift herself should retire that obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine of wheeling out friends and celebrities as performance props . Her critical insights weren’t so much original as outrageous; but she did have a very good line in contrarian poses and Chestertonian paradoxes.