Last updated on: 3/23/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Camille Paglia, PhD Biography

Title:
University Professor of Humanities & Media Studies at the University of the Arts
Position:
Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“[I]n nature, procreation is the single, relentless rule. That is the norm. Our sexual bodies were designed for reproduction. Penis fits vagina: no fancy linguistic game-playing can change that biologic fact… No one is ‘born gay.’ The idea is ridiculous… Thus homosexuality, in my view, is an adaptation, not an inborn trait.”

Vamps and Tramps: New Essays, 1994

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to human sexuality. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to human sexuality.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • University Professor of Humanities & Media Studies, University of the Arts, 1984-present
  • Former writer, Interview
  • Former writer, Salon
  • Former teacher, Bennington College
Education:
  • PhD, Yale University, 1974
  • MPhil, Yale University, 1971
  • BA, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1968
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?