Camille Paglia is one of those rare people on the left who tells it like it is. She might actually be closer to a Classical Liberal than a progressive.
She recently called out Planned Parenthood and their cozy relationship with the Democratic Party.
From the Daily Wire:
Paglia: Feminists WRONG On Abortion, Planned Parenthood Just A Wing Of Democratic Party
In an opinion piece for Salon, radical feminist Camille Paglia tore into her own side over the issue of abortion, which she says has become “an ideological tool ruthlessly exploited by my own party” and about which, she admits, conservatives have the “high moral ground.”
Lamenting that politics in America have been “entangled and strangled for far too long by the rote histrionics of the abortion wars,” Paglia writes that while she remains adamantly pro-“unrestricted” abortion, she has been “disturbed and repelled for decades by the way reproductive rights have become an ideological tool ruthlessly exploited by my own party, the Democrats, to inflame passions, raise money, and drive voting.”
This mercenary process began with the Senate confirmation hearings for three Supreme Court candidates nominated by Republican presidents: Robert Bork in 1987, David Souter in 1990, and Clarence Thomas in 1991. (Bork was rejected, while Souter and Thomas were approved.) Those hearings became freak shows of feminist fanaticism, culminating in the elevation to martyr status of Anita Hill, whose charges of sexual harassment against Thomas still seem to me flimsy and overblown (and effectively neutralized by Hill’s following Thomas to another job). Abortion was the not-so-hidden motivation of the Democratic operatives who pushed a reluctant Hill forward and fanned the flames in the then monochromatically liberal mainstream media. It was that flagrant abuse of the Senate confirmation process that sparked the meteoric rise of conservative talk radio, led by Rush Limbaugh, who provided an alternative voice in what was then (pre-Web) a homogenized media universe.
Kudos to Camille for her honesty.