It's called "Drink Thursdays", in which I talk about a person that I'd like to sit down and have a drink with, and why. And because I'm Catholic, darnit, and we're not Puritans. Here's the introductory post.
I'm going to preface this post by saying that I know I'm probably going to get a lot of flack for today's drinking partner. So be it. Now, right about now, I'll bet you're thinking, "Umm, Ranter, WTF? This is how last week's post got started." And you're right. It's called being lazy. LOL.
Because truly, this week's is a real controversial person. I've been thinking about featuring her for awhile, but decided to go all out this week. She's an author, a teacher, a social critic. She's a self-described dissident feminist. On one hand, she denounces the Democratic party and skewers fellow feminists. On the other hand, she 'celebrates' such things like pornography, abortion, sodomy, drug use, and suicide. (Quoting from wikipedia)
Intrigued? Disgusted? Fascinated?
In case you don't know who this is, her name is Camille Paglia. How I first stumbled upon her writing is lost in my memory banks somewhere, all I know is that I started reading her (then) regular column at Salon.com. I was intrigued by her thoughts about the election, about abortion, etc. She is not atypical of many feminists/liberals/Democrats that I have read or come into contact with.
She is, many times, refreshingly honest about political figures - including Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. She is quite clear on how she views abortion (yes, that is a baby, but the mothers' rights supersede that of the child), and how she thinks other modern feminists should pose the morality of abortion to mainstream America and conservatives (basically, to quit denying basic science).
Don't get me wrong...I don't understand how a person could hold the position that she does on abortion and not be more than a little mixed up. But often, in a world of liberal, mainstream media voices all toeing the same line....it's bracing to hear a different mainstream voice, even if I don't agree with the message. I think it would be more than entertaining to sit down and have a drink or two (or four) with Camille. Either that or someone would be getting decked.
The first round's on me, Camille.