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“I cannot think of anyone who accomplished what Kate Millett did, with this one book. It remains the alpha and omega of the women’s movement. Everything that feminists have done is foreshadowed, predicted or encouraged by Sexual Politics.”                                                           

- Andrea Dworkin (September 26, 1946 - April 9, 2005), radical feminist and writer

“[Millett] translates the war of the sexes from the language of the nineteenth century bedroom farce into the raw images of guerilla warfare… Even more than a political system, our sexual order is a ‘habit of mind and a way of life,’ Millett’s book may go far toward subverting it.”    

                                                                              - Time Magazine

A passionate book by an acute literary analyst.”  - The New Yorker

“Supremely entertaining to read, brilliantly conceived, overwhelming in its arguments, breathtaking in its command of history and literature.”

                            - Christopher Lehmann-Haupt,  New York TImes

“A richly informative book.”              - Washington Post Book World

“The first scholarly justification for women’s liberation”

                                                              - Christian Science Monitor


Praised and denounced when it first came out in 1970, Sexual Politics not only explored history but became part of it.  Kate Millett’s groundbreaking book fueled feminism’s second wave, giving voice to the anger f a generation while documenting the inequities - neatly packaged in revered works of literature and art - of a complacent and unrepentant society.

   Sexual Politics laid the foundation for subsequent feminist scholarship by showing how cultural discourse reflects systemized 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.

Sexual Politics: A Surprising Examination of Society's

Most Arbitrary Folly

University of Illinois Press

(March 8, 2000)

1st Edition, Doubleday, NY 1970

ISBN-10: 0252068890

ISBN-13: 978-0252068898

Available at U. of Illinois Press  $20.95

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