The Return of Carry Nation  

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"I am a pornographer. From earliest childhood, I saw sex suffusing the world. I felt the rhythms of nature and the aggressive energies of animal life. Art objects, in both museum and church, seemed to blaze with sensual beauty. The authority figures of church, school, and family denied or suppressed what I saw, but like Madonna, I kept to my pagan vision. I belong to the Sixties generation that tried and failed to shatter all sexual norms and taboos. In my book, Sexual Personae, I injected lewdness, voyeurism, homoeroticism and sadomasochism into the entire Western high-art tradition.

Because I am a pornographer, I am at war with Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin. These obsessed, moralistic women, feminism’s oddest odd couple, are Carry Nation reborn. They were coauthors of the Minneapolis and Indianapolis ordinances against pornography that were declared unconstitutional. They have produced, individually and in collaboration, an enormous amount of material ranging from tortured autobiographical confessions to legal case histories and academic Marxist critiques." -- "The Return of Carry Nation" (1992) by Camille Paglia

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"The Return of Carrie Nation: Feminists Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin" (1992) is an essay by Camille Paglia first published by Playboy in October 1992, later collected in Vamps and Tramps (1994). It is an attack on the anti-porn feminism of Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin. "Carrie Nation" or "Carry Nation" as her name is rendered was a famous leading member of the temperance movement.

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