Free Women, Free Men

  • by Camille Paglia
  • Narrated by Camille Paglia
  • 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the fiery intellectual provocateur - and one of our most fearless advocates of gender equality - a brilliant, urgent essay collection that both celebrates modern feminism and challenges us to build an alliance of strong women and strong men.
Ever since the release of her seminal first book, Sexual Personae, Camille Paglia has remained one of feminism's most outspoken, independent, and searingly intelligent voices. Now, for the first time, her best essays on the subject are gathered together in one concise volume. Whether she's calling for equal opportunity for American women (years before the founding of the National Organization for Women), championing a more discerning standard of beauty that goes beyond plastic surgery's quest for eternal youth, lauding the liberating force of rock and roll, or demanding free and unfettered speech on university campuses and beyond, Paglia can always be counted on to get to the heart of matters large and small. At once illuminating, witty, and inspiring, these essays are essential listening that affirm the power of men and women and what we can accomplish together.

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Great book by an American treasure!

Camille Pagllia is difficult to classify philosophically and politically; I suppose left-leaning libertarian fits her best. In any case she is both rigorously honest and thoughtfully assertive at presenting and defending her points of view. There is simply no other national figure who presents the case for free speech and against the excesses of third-wave feminism, especially gender studies. with clarity. As she approaches age 70 she is among the most forceful and convincing social critics in our country. As a right leaning libertarian I do not agree with all of her positions on some issues, but I do consider her a national treasure. Paglia presents her case that one can and should be pro-woman without being anti-man.

Paglia narrates her own novel in her clear voice and with appropriate emotion. For those who follow her books and articles there is little new here. The book is mostly a logically arranged compendium of her articles and speeches on the topic of gender and gender roles. I recommend this book for those interested in thoughtful social criticism.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

Better than most.

The first two chapters are abominable, it's like listening to a reading of gyn/ecology. After that however, the book becomes far more enjoyable. Camile Paglia has some of the most ferocious and fantastically entertaining beserker rants of any contemporary author in todays literature.

My points of contention with the book, and my rating of it, are philosophical and ideological. I quite stringently and even strenuously disagree with many of her premises. In spite of those very contentions: I very much appreciate her ability to represent her arguments and base them in research. It is not her logical methodology which I disagree with but the premises on which much of the research was done and therefore the conclusions made from that same research.

There were also some glaring inaccuracies which can be demonstrably proven incorrect. For each of those, I deducted from my rating.

On the whole: the book is wonderful. Had the rating system a 10 point scale I would give it a 6.5/10. Point deductions being for inaccuracies and intellectual differences. Of particular enjoyment for me personally were the interludes of Paglia speaking candidly between sets and chapters: Camile herself is terrifically charismatic.

Your mileage may vary, however in spite of my contentions with any portions or individual parts or statements found in the book: I would not hesitate to recommend this book to others for reading. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the reading of this book, well worth the money spent. Will very likely listen to it again in the future.
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- Marshall A Rottman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-14-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio