Q. Why do you come down so hard on skinny white girls? Your views on sexuality leave so much room for individuality, so why is it so bad if I am attracted to Meg Ryan or Gwyneth Paltrow?

CAMILLE PAGLIA: When have I ever criticized anyone’s fetish? I am a libertarian. Go right ahead – set up plastic figurines of 1950s-era moppets to bow down to in the privacy of your boudoir. No one will scold!

Then whip down to the kitchen to heat up those foil-wrapped TV dinners. I still gaze back fondly at Swanson’s fried-chicken entrée. The twinkly green peas! The moist apple fritter!

Meg Ryan: The spitting image of all those perky counsellors at my Girl Scout camp in the Adirondacks. Gwyneth Paltrow: A simpering sorority queen with field-hockey-stick legs. I will leave you to your retro pursuits while I dash off to moon over multiracial Brazilian divas.


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