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Sexual Politics

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Identifying patriarchy as a socially conditioned belief system masquerading as nature, the author demonstrates how its attitudes and systems penetrate literature, philosophy, psychology, and politics. Her work rocked the foundations of the literary canon by castigating time-honored classics for their use of sex to degrade women.
Paperback, 424 pages
Published March 8th 2000 by University of Illinois Press (first published 1969)
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Paul Bryant


(note - this is the British version of DANCING WITH THE NOVELISTS)

Tess Daley (blondly) : And here, dancing the American smooth with his partner Ola Jordan,

is Count Leo Tolstoy.

(Music : From Russia with Love. The couple cavort.)

Sir Bruce (as the couple shimmies from the dance floor) : Well done, well done Leo. I'm glad you were able to finish your dance in less than 700 pages. (Mild titters from audience.) Come on, I thought it was better than that.
Everyone always says that this book founded feminist literary studies even though OBVIOUSLY Simone De Beauvoir was the real founder with her essays on several of the same authors in Second Sex. I know it's not as fun to think so though since she founded EVERYTHING else already. However, Sexual Politics is mind-blowingly brilliant. One of the few literary theory books which leaves you analyzing the patterns of your own life and recognizing underlying structures you instictively knew, but could no ...more
An eyeopener. Moving, so scanning in some books. My favorite ones. After reading this, I swore off Mailer and H. Miller forever. Met Kate later, when she was making art in a studio in the East Village. My idea of an artistic rebel.
We all know how easy it is to look back and criticize. It is very easy, but to do it eloquently, lucidly, and with the goal of creating a measuring stick for sexual politics is a feat to celebrate, not to mention that it is admirable, interesting and worth discussing.
I mean really, using literature as a barometer for the sexual-political climate of the times? What's not to enjoy? Yes, she indulges in close reading, but she does not go overboard and indulge tangents, whims or stray metaphors.
The founding text, or opening salvo, of feminist literary criticism. It's kind of odd to think that forty years ago, this critique of modern authors' blithe (and often quite funny) gender assumptions was new; today it's the universal property of well-read college humanities majors, even if they've never heard of Kate Millett. But it's still a great read.
Christine Blackthorn
It is a book that has started the second wave (or third depending which academic you follow) of feminism and as such it has already historical value. It is a fascinating read, even today.
Ryan Mishap
Wonderful 1970 classic breakdown of male domination through an examination of literature: Mailer, Miller, Freud, Hardy, and more. Essential as an early feminist literary criticism piece correlating the stories that get told and the effects in the real world.
The misogyny she examines was too much for me to finish the last few chapters. A feminist must-read.
This book is a key feminist work, and encourages one to just think of the world through a different lens.
Louise Colette
If steam isn't coming out of your ears after reading this one, there's no hope for you.
"Identifying patriarchy as a socially conditioned belief system masquerading as nature, Kate Millett demonstrates how its attitudes and systems penetrate literature, philosophy, psychology, and politics. Kate Millett's work rocked the foundations of the literary canon by castigating time-honored classics for their use of sex to degrade women."
An important touchstone text in feminist literary criticism. Sets up central terms that helped define a school of thought.
S. Sigerson
Feminism 101: This is the classic manifesto of the women's liberation movement.
Only read about 100 pages of it: don't tell my professor. Seemed like one of those books one should probably read but is just a beast to get through (especially if you're forced to read it over 3 days). My rating isn't really fair, disregard it.

First time I've ever not finished a book for class. I feel like that is an accomplishment of some sort.
Katherine Olivia
Some parts feel a bit dated, but there's no denying the lady was a kick-ass close-reader.
Ceren Ataş
Kitabı bana hediye eden dostumun ilk sayfaya bıraktığı not özettir: "Birçok kez öteki idik, en çok kadın kere ötekilendik."
Only read some parts of this book, the parts when she rips my homeboy Henry Miller a new one.
Mar 23, 2007 Autumn marked it as to-read
just acquired from a friend but can't start until i finish norman mailer's prisoner of sex...
Johanna Descoins
So well-written and well-researched, and so, so depressing.
Elisabeth reminded me that I read this for the sex too. Sigh.
This text is a must read for anyone interested in feminism.
Seething work of feminist rebellion.
Marilyn Dell Brady
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Too boring to finish.
Philip Lee
Review to come...
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Katherine Murray "Kate" Millett (born September 14, 1934) is an American feminist writer, educator, artist, and activist. She attended Oxford University and was the first American woman to be awarded a postgraduate degree with first-class honors by St. Hilda's. She has been described as "a seminal influence on second-wave feminism", and is best known for her 1970 book Sexual Politics,"[1] which wa ...more
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