Given her strong and frequent defenses of Sarah Palin, Camille Paglia certainly merits consideration for the coveted title of Grande Conservative Blogress Diva (soon to be renamed as the Ethel). She is tart-tongued and witty, speaking her mind. She never minces her words. While claiming to be of the left, does not allow herself to be pigeon-holed. In truth, she subscribes to no political ideology, acidly taking potshots at even her ostensible allies.
She’ll not only take them on if she doesn’t agree with them, but also if she doesn’t like the way they’re playing the game. She doesn’t let partisan labels or political worldview prevent her from calling things as she sees them. She may love Barack Obama, but she’ll lambaste her beloved Democrat when she believes he’s governing badly–or surrounding him with tone-deaf advisers. And she doesn’t soft-pedal such criticism, even of an ally. Even it if means being labeled “C**tzilla.”
I have long been a fan of this gifted scholar and social critic, having met her in 1994 at a reading/book-signing organized by the D.C.. bookstore Chapters. Her book Sexual Personae has been an invaluable resource for my dissertation on the goddess Athena. My readers–and almost never the liberal ones–regularly alert me to her columns. In short, this Obama supporter has gained the respect of gay conservatives, thus, in my mind, at least, qualifying her for the coveted contest.
Recall that we have defined a diva as a strong, confident woman who commands the respect of men. And of the Grande Conservative Blogress diva, I have written:
She need not be conservative herself . . . , but must by the the power of her prose, the eloquence of her expression and the intelligence of her ideas have earned the enmity of the angry left and so endeared herself to gay men like us who admire strong women who speak their minds, even at the expense of encomia from those in the entertainment industry and the MSM.
Being called C**tzilla suggests earning enmity from the angry left.
So, my friends, I put this question to you, in December, when we again began the process of selecting the most (cat) fought-over title in the blogosphere, should we consider Camille Paglia for Grande Conservative Blogress Diva?
For a slightly more nuanced view of Paglia, please make sure to read Endora-winning blogress (AKA Conservative Blogress Diva Regent) neeneocon’s take on the Obama-supporting diva.