Category Archives: Unit7

Respond to Camille Paglia on Katy Perry and Taylor Swift [critical writing]

Today’s readings include a piece by Camille Paglia entitled “Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Hollywood Are Ruining Women.” This piece has provoked a lot of responses–let’s hear yours. Write a thorough critique of the article. What is her argument? Which points do you agree with, and which not? Is Paglia’s evidence solid?


4/17 Women in Contemporary Pop Music

Women in contemporary pop music – Pop singers and 21st-century feminism

Reading: Camille Paglia, “Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Hollywood Are Ruining Women,”, 6 December 2012:
Ramin Setoodeh, “Taylor Swift Dishes on Her New Album ‘Red,’ Dating, Heartbreak, and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’,”, 22 October 2012:

Viewing: Katy Perry accepting Billboard’s “Woman of the Year” award in 2012:

Listening: Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Katy Perry, “I Kissed a Girl”


4/15 Women in Art Music Today

Women in art music today – Living women composers

Reading: Kristin Kuster, “Taking Off My Pants,” New York Times “Opinionator” blog, 17 July 2013:
Amy Beth Kirsten, “The ‘Woman Composer’ Is Dead,”, 19 March 2012:

Listening: TBD [Class selections of music by living women composers]