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There is no female Mozart because there is no female Jack the Ripper.
Camille Paglia Sexual Personae
What ever could this, prone to controversial statements, woman be saying? Discuss.

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dbroussa
Sep. 5th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
Perhaps she is saying that women are more stable and not prone to extremes? THis has the advantage of not producing Jack the Rippers, but also means no Mozarts?

philoserf
Sep. 5th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
I doubt that was her point. She knows that there are women just as unstable as men, just as evil as Jack the Ripper and just as talented as Mozart. If these statements are accepted as true for the sake of our discussion, I think the author does believe those statements to be true, then her words might mean....
ethicalhedonist
Sep. 5th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
One might read it that she means that women have the ability, but not the opportunity, or the recognition of the expressed talent. Mozart and Jack-the-Ripper were the creations of their societies. Their passion and their excesses titillated and brought recognition. Or perhaps she meant that the egomania that characterized both men is notably absent in women.
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