- The Washington Times - Friday, October 28, 2016

Lesbian feminist author and professor Camille Paglia has delivered a scathing rebuke of Hillary Clinton, saying the sole reason for the Democratic presidential nominee’s success is because she is a woman.

“It’s an outrage how she’s played the gender card,” Ms. Paglia told The Spectator magazine in an interview published Friday. “She is a woman without accomplishment. ‘I sponsored or co-sponsored 400 bills.’ Oh really? These were bills to rename bridges and so forth. And the things she has accomplished have been like the destabilization of North Africa, causing refugees to flood into Italy … The woman is a disaster!”

Ms. Paglia, who has taught humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia since 1984, also slammed modern-day feminism as coddling women to their own detriment.

“We are rocketing backwards here to the Victorian period with this belief that women are not capable of making decisions on their own,” she said. “This is not feminism — which is to achieve independent thought and action. There will never be equality of the sexes if we think that women are so handicapped they can’t look after themselves.

“If Hillary wins, nothing will change,” she continued. “She knows the bureaucracy, all the offices of government and that’s what she likes to do, sit behind the scenes and manipulate the levers of power. But people want change and they’re sick of the establishment.”

Ms. Paglia said it’s very unlikely that a Donald Trump presidency would threaten Western civilization, as so many pundits and politicians have predicted.

“Yet if Trump wins it will be an amazing moment of change because it would destroy the power structure of the Republican party, the power structure of the Democratic party and destroy the power of the media,” she said. “It would be an incredible release of energy … at a moment of international tension and crisis.”

Ms. Paglia said she voted twice for Mrs. Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, but her view of the former first lady soured after observing her behavior over the years. The feminist said she already did her part in voting for a woman president by casting a vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein in 2012.

Ms. Paglia had harsh words for Mrs. Clinton earlier this year in an article for Salon magazine, saying the candidate’s “blame-men-first” brand of feminism “defines women as perpetual victims requiring government protections,” the Washington Examiner reported.

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