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Came across this old episode (1995) of Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect in which he talks with Camille Paglia. I wouldn’t expect someone with Paglia’s strong opinions to be allowed on TV to make them without someone there to counterbalance them. But perhaps that’s more a function of the fact that feminism of that era was much more strident than it currently is. The feminism of today is less radical – people like Paglia and other feminist critics stomped out all of the big radical feminist anti-male arguments. Feminism is much more nefarious now and focuses more on disparate outcomes rather than power structures. The point of hers that I’d never heard before is that the rise of the supermodels served as a replacement for the lost glamor of Hollywood (she singles out Meryl Streep as a prime example of this turn).