Sexual Politics

Sexual Politics

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"Sexual Politics laid the foundation for subsequent feminist scholarship by showing how cultural discourse reflects a systematized subjugation and exploitation of women. Millett demonstrates in detail how patriarchy's attitudes and systems penetrate literature, philosophy, psychology, and politics. Her incendiary work rocked the foundations of the literary canon by castigating time-honored classics - from D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover to Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead - for their use of sex to degrade and undermine women." "A new introduction to this edition draws attention to some of the forms patriarchy has taken recently in consolidating its oppressive and dangerous control."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2000
ISBN: 9780252068898
Branch Call Number: 305.42 M6198s 2000
Characteristics: xx, 397 p. ; 23 cm


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Mar 25, 2014

An influential and epochal feminist text, Kate Millet's "Sexual Politics" has lost none of its impact, anger or relevance (unfortunately). Millet both summarizes and analyzes the feminist movement, focusing on the deeply rooted sexism in a patriarchal culture. She devotes several chapters to literary figures, including Henry Miller, D.H. Lawrence, Jean Genet and Norman Mailer. Indeed, it was the later's essay about her chapter on Lawrence that prompted me to read this. Mailer gets his comeuppance by a woman far more intelligent and indignant than he, so he understandably tried to discredit her essay. Excellent and provocative.


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