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!Free Kindle ⚖ Sexual Politics ♚ 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 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. R.I.P Kate Millett, who died yesterday in Paris This book, which I read parts of in the seventies, and readof in the eighties, and have occasionally used in my teaching is responsible for founding feminist literary studies, focusing on what now seem to be thanks to her obvious examples Henry Miller, Norman Mailer though she is also takes her scalpel to romantic favorites of mine Lawrence and Hardy ouch and I still quibble with her on her views of certain works in Hardy and Lawr R.I.P Kate Millett, who died yesterday in Paris This book, which I read parts of in the seventies, and readof in the eighties, and have occasionally used in my teaching is responsible for founding feminist literary studies, focusing on what now seem to be thanks to her obvious examples Henry Miller, Norman Mailer though she is also takes her scalpel to romantic favorites of mine Lawrence and Hardy ouch and I still quibble with her on her views of certain works in Hardy and Lawrence Millet takes on Freud, too, and that now seems obvious, but when she wrote of Freud in this way Freud, the Father of Psychoanalysis, who wrote in maybe his last letter, What is it women really want it was a kind of revelation Millett sees lurking sexism and even misogyny in what was initially perceived as the literature of sexual liberation Liberation for whom, Millett asked Probably Simone de Beauvoir, who of course preceded Millett, was the Mother of Feminist Studies Women Gender studies, but this book was just as important It s depressingly worth looking at Imagine, we are still struggling with the same issues, daily, in literature and life Imagine how Millet s death and the reminder of her analysis will take the fun out of my listening to Charles Bukowski s Women, damn it 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 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 not name Highly recommended 4.5We 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 4.5We 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 Her focus and drive are scholastic and betray a huge respect for philosophical argument and for the history of the sexual revolution As individual criticisms and overarching historical documentation, maybe they have been done before, and maybe even have been done better by some, but as an introduction to feminist history and a scathing review of some of the literary giants, it stands alone Most importantly it still holds its ground almost 50 years later Not only does she acknowledge class and racial warfare as significant props of the patriarchal political structure, but her arguments effectively anticipate the third wave I recommend this, as a key part of the ongoing dialogue, to anyone who is serious about understanding feminist history and theory This was the book that made me fall back in love with feminism.Feminism as in the centuries long project to improve women s lot , not what the pink haired kids are doing these days Kate Millett is a rational person who looks at sexual norms and asks Why Do we really think Freud s theories were plausible Do we really think Ruskin s romantic ideas of domesticity were accurate Are we really convinced by the sexual mysticism of D.H Lawrence or Norman Mailer Her aim is targeted at wri This was the book that made me fall back in love with feminism.Feminism as in the centuries long project to improve women s lot , not what the pink haired kids are doing these days Kate Millett is a rational person who looks at sexual norms and asks Why Do we really think Freud s theories were plausible Do we really think Ruskin s romantic ideas of domesticity were accurate Are we really convinced by the sexual mysticism of D.H Lawrence or Norman Mailer Her aim is targeted at writers who think that operating in a mystical mode is an excuse for being flatly wrong about real life, and exposing them as poetic justifications for a thuggish way of life.Her feminist opinions were radical at the time, but are almost never stated explicitly today She believes that women have historically lived under conditions of extreme subjugation, up until very recently the discussion of coverture laws in the 19th century is painful to read She also believes that women are often blamed for the whole animalistic part of mankind, as though they were the only ones who are sexual or sometimes irrational She believes that our notions of masculine and feminine are tied into assumptions about master and slave I think this is plainly true This book was written before evolutionary psychology was really fleshed out, so I think there s actuallyevidence for innate sex differences than she does, but she couldn t have known that at the time I like looking for biological or economic explanations rather than cultural ones there s something that creeps me out about seeing humans as the puppets of vast social forces but, for a cultural critic, Millett is unusually clean and straightforward in her thinking, and doesn t ask us to believe in much unprovable hoodoo If you, like me, have an aversion to social science, then this is the feminist book for you 3.5 5 It is opportune, perhaps today even mandatory, that we develop arelevant psychology and philosophy of power relationships beyond the simple conceptual framework provided by our traditional formal politics.When the only known freedom is a gilded voluptuousness attainable through the largesse of someone who owns and controls everything, there is little incentive to struggle for personal fulfillment or liberation This work is, to be perfectly honest, quite the mess Not nearly as m 3.5 5 It is opportune, perhaps today even mandatory, that we develop arelevant psychology and philosophy of power relationships beyond the simple conceptual framework provided by our traditional formal politics.When the only known freedom is a gilded voluptuousness attainable through the largesse of someone who owns and controls everything, there is little incentive to struggle for personal fulfillment or liberation This work is, to be perfectly honest, quite the mess Not nearly as much as is Brownmiller s Against Our Will, to which it is compared, but enough for me to be wary of both its status as classic and any who wholeheartedly abide by it What worth it has is pure gold, but that, unfortunately, does not include its literary criticism, which is understandably its most advertised facet on a site such as this Aaccurate title would be White Sexual Politics , or White Anglo Sexual Politics , or White Anglo Heterosexual Sexual Politics with Random Inclusion of Homosexuals Focusing on This One French Gay Dude and Every So Often Comparisons to Black Civil Rights Politics, Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and Some Other Sensational Tidbits In short, it reads like a rant wildly informative in parts, and I imagine extremely cathartic for many who needed such, but it hardly stands up to the sort of scrutiny I inflict these days on readings such as this Brief mentions of Nin and Beauvoir in the footnotes are all very well, but when a whole host of other topics from leather culture to Fanon are disparagingly sampled, judged, and passed by, each within the scope of a single sentence, you can t expect me to believe that they don t necessitate the same amount of discussion to the point of apologism that Genet s The Blacks received in this text In short, too little coverage of too many things, and the only reason why I wasn t bowled over and or disappointed by it was that I have enough former knowledge of most of the subjects to not only follow Millett s argument, but disapprove of various chunks of it The biggest culprit would have to be the constant conflation of artist with art, whether created or engaged with it s the same sort of theorizing that says that I, consumer of videos on the latest Doom game, am destined to become a mass murderer at some point in the future Emotionally gratifying when it comes to calling out bigotry in pieces of literature, I m sure, but the descent into thoughtcrime is a swift one, and the consequences of such can still be felt today Decrying of hate speech, sure, but coaching of proper fictional representation is why diversity is uplifted today without active inclusion or building of equity, and such pretty pictures are not going to birth a necessary revolution Paternal authority was to be upheld again, which is not surprising when one understands that the sate saw itself as delegating its authority to parents and in turn demanding them to rear the young in the correct manner.To observe a group rendered passive, stolid in their suffering, forced into trivial vanity to please their superordinates, and, after summarizing these effects of long subordination, choose to conclude they were inevitable, and then commence to prescribe them as health, realism, and maturity, is actually a fairly blatant kind of Social Darwinism The most useful sections is when Millett directly discusses governmental policies that, directly or otherwise, controlled the sexual, erotic, or romantic behavior of people under its control Indeed, her strongest analysis came from that of the socioeconomic position of the family, and, combined with my concurrent reads of Emma Goldman s autobiography and experiences under COVID 19, I came out of it severely convinced that no improvement of the social system would occur without a serious overhaul of the current state of the nuclear family Even her work on Freud had its uses, as psychology does its part in defining what is normal and what must be clinically diagnosed medicinal rape, anyone , to the point that I will not feel safe resorting to it until I have a stronger support system in place The least useful were when she began, as previously mentioned, to conflate an artist with their art, as I don t care how awful a theorist or artist is, saying something likewhose own predilections one has little trouble in deducing from her worklands us right back in the patriarchal thoughtcrime Christianity Millett was so keen on deconstructing This doesn t even get into how I had to do all but stop up my ears any time she mentioned the word prostitute, or geisha, or harem, or randomly cited black people or the Civil Rights Movement of her time as a point of contrast, or followed up such with general praise for white supremacist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, etc, etc, etc So aged badly For sure in some sections, but in others, we re nowhere where we need to be for all to have true equity, and in these days when my government is beingobvious than usual in its call for the human sacrifice of many on the altar of financial wealth for a few, I wonder if anyone will go back to Millett and apply certain lessons in humanity accordingly Course, they have some real rocks to navigate past if they don t want to wreck their ship oninsidiously phrased systematic marginalization I didn t even get into queer issues, including intersex, beyond the homosexuals Millett kept throwing around, but that s a whole nother essay A conundrum, that, but, in a way, no different from making a long stored sack potatoes into a healthful meal through the removal of many a nauseating eye Psychologically, the very pattern of the tale cleverly provides satisfactions for the white male s guilt feelings over the dark peoples and primitives whom he exploits He will atone by throwing them his woman to butcher, advancing his dominion over her in the process, and substituting his own rival as the scapegoat for imperialist excesses.One cannot but note in passing that the force of this recommendation is to urge that women participate in political power not because such is their human right, but because an extension of their proper feminine sphere into the public domain would be a social good This is to argue from expediency rather than justice Loaded with goodies as this work was, the sharp hypocrisy in its tone on many a topic, plus the sheer amount of wordy jargon stuffed into tiny font printed on inordinately large pages, made it a tiring read at times, and today so far has been particularly exhausting I don t recommend this book as an introduction at all, but considering how I threw myself at The Second Sex back when I barely knew what I was doing, freedom to read is freedom to read, so do what you want However, as has hopefully been evidenced by the previous sections in this review, you have to be careful with this stuff, however ponderously phrased or wish fulfilling in structure It s not as much of a wash as other similarly concerned texts of its contemporaneous milieu are, but it s extremely easy for its targeted audience to come out of reading it imagining themselves the rightful center of a vanguard paradigm and see Thatcher s illegal paramilitary death squads in Ireland as girl power maybe not quite that bad, but after all the bald faced promotion eugenics in one of my places of work involving the teaching of children the week before I went into shelter in place, better to assume the Overton Window is farther to the right than one wants to believe So, much as Millett glories in her critical readings, be sure to critically read her as well I just wouldn t encourage her breed of art conflated with author theorizings Lord knows my own reviews are riddled with such, but considering that I m still in my 20s, that s what growth is all about Even acknowledging that, under the present circumstances of two sharply divided sexual cultures, we could achieve a human balance only through co operation of the two groups with their fragmented collective personalities, one must really go further and urge a dissemination to members of each sex of those socially desirable traits previously confined to one or the other while eliminating the bellicosity or excessive passivity useless in either.When a system of power is thoroughly in command, it has scarcely need to speak itself aloud when its workings are exposed and questioned, it becomes not only subject to discussion, but even to change. The misogyny she examines was too much for me to finish the last few chapters A feminist must read. It ruined D H Lawrence for me, but we all get somewhere we realize our favorite author is sexist, especially those who had good women in their lives and I don t know why.If you like feminist literary criticism and if you don t mind your favorite authors being criticized,you will definitely like this It s super fluid and fun and feminist. 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.