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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Paglia at her best

Where does Free Women, Free Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's completely different than my usual purchase and I was a little worried it might be static theory but listening to this is like listening to her fantastically electric lectures. She really is a fabulous wordsmith. The sentences are epic, and always with a sense of humour. More than anything I love when she ruminates on art. Her scope is enormous. No one like her. I had a blast listening.


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- Jason

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