Last updated on: 5/1/2009 | Author:

Camille Paglia, PhD Biography

Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Feminists like to quote these absolutely specious statistics, a typical trick of the feminist movement of the last twenty years. For example, they’ll say the majority of prostitutes have been sexually abused as children. But there’s no evidence for this! The most successful prostitutes are invisible, because the sign of a prostitute’s success is her absolute blending with the environment. She’s so shrewd, she never becomes visible. She never gets in trouble. She has command of her life, and her clients. The ones who get into the surveys have drug problems or psychological problems. They’re the ones who were sexually abused. Feminists are using amateurs to condemn a whole profession. This is appalling!

I’m against the harassment of prostitutes. Unless they are actually interfering with people’s movements, they have a perfect right to be doing what they’re doing.”

Puritan, Winter 1993

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Humanities and Media Studies, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 1984-present
    Contributing Editor, Interview
  • Contributing Writer,, 1995-2002
  • Former Faculty, Literature and Language, Binghamton University, Bennington, Vermont
  • Nominee, 1990 National Book Critics Circle award
  • PhD, English, Yale University, 1974
  • MPhil, Yale University, 1971
  • BA, valedictorian, Harpur College (now State University of New York at Binghamton), 1968
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Prostitution Be Legal?
  2. Is Legal Prostitution an Aspect of Sexual Liberation?