The piece reeked of desperation: one had the impression that she was going all out to appear with it, to communicate to the world that she was still, as the Times put it, 'America's foremost cultural critic.'
"It's a sad development, for Paglia's voice is one that has been sorely missed in the genuinely important public conversations of the last nine years. It's truly lamentable that the woman who claimed to be the spokesperson for the ordinary woman has been virtually AWOL from discussions of Islamic gender oppression. It's grimly ironic now to look back at her 1992 interview with Bob Costas. Commenting on leading members of the women's movement 'who should have developed and evolved in their thinking,' Paglia told Costas that 'celebrity seems to have stopped their development.'