A leading feminist expert, she penned Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to
She was the valedictorian of her class at Binghamton University's Harpur College. She later attended graduate school at Yale University.
She became a tenured professor at Philadelphia's University of the Arts in 1984.
She adopted a son with her one-time partner, Alison Maddex.
In 1998, she published a 100-page psychoanalytic review of Alfred Hitchcock 's The Birds.