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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Barbara Hardy
"This is a book that analyzes revolution in order to serve revolution...The book's humor is part of its warmth and tenderness, and in striking contrast, I thought, to the chill humorlessness of those other two great feminists, Simone de Beauvoir and Doris Lessing." Books of the Century, The New York Times, September, 1970
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671707408
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 5/15/1990
  • Edition description: 1st Touchstone ed
  • Pages: 416

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Illinois Paperback
Introduction to the Touchstone Paperback
Preface
I Sexual Politics 1
1 Instances of Sexual Politics 3
2 Theory of Sexual Politics 23
II Historical Background 59
3 The Sexual Revolution, First Phase: 1830-1930 61
Political 61
Polemical 88
Literary 127
4 The Counterrevolution: 1930-60 157
A Reactionary Policy
The Models of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union 157
B The Reaction in Ideology
Freud and the Influence of Psychoanalytic Thought 176
Some Post-Freudians 203
The Influence of Functionalism 220
III The Literary Reflection 235
5 D. H. Lawrence 237
6 Henry Miller 294
7 Norman Mailer 314
8 Jean Genet 336
Postscript 362
Bibliography 364
Acknowledgments 378
Index 383
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