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Paglia Delivers Knockout Blow to Campus Coddlers

Camille Paglia has penned a brilliant and stunning indictment of the frauds and power seekers who repeatedly tell us that sexual assault on college campuses is an “epidemic” requiring urgent attention and encroachment into the personal lives of students. 

It’s rare to come across an article as chock-full of wisdom, insight, and cleverness as Paglia’s. She writes, “Colleges should stick to academics and stop their infantilizing supervision of students’ dating lives, an authoritarian intrusion that borders on violation of civil liberties. Real crimes should be reported to the police, not to haphazard and ill-trained campus grievance committees.” 

But Paglia doesn’t just address colleges’ malfeasance. She takes aim at the broader culture. “Young middle-class women, raised far from the urban streets, seem to expect adult life to be an extension of their comfortable, overprotected homes. But the world remains a wilderness. The price of women’s modern freedoms is personal responsibility for vigilance and self-defense,” she writes. 

Jesse SaffronJesse Saffron is a writer and editor for the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, a North Carolina-based think tank dedicated to improving higher education in the Tar ...


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