Camille Paglia writes:
…a vestige of the bad old days of male-bashing feminism when even the doughty Ann Richards was saying to the 1988 Democratic National Convention: “After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.”
What flatulent canards mainstream feminism used to traffic in!
Astaire, idolized even by Mikhail Baryshnikov, was one of the most brilliant and peerless dancers and choreographers of the 20th century. The agile but limited Ginger Rogers, a spunky, smart-mouthed comedian, is only a footnote. Get real, girls!
This is the kind of mushy balderdash I doggedly had to plow through for five years in trying to find a good feminist poem for my collection, Break, Blow, Burn, I never found one. Rule of art: Cant kills creativity!
I will be speaking on “Hollywood and the Bible” at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto on the evening of Tuesday, June 16. My appearance is part of a lecture series accompanying the museum’s summer and fall exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls.