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Sexual Politics

Sexual PoliticsKate MillettDoubleday1970

Praised and denounced when it was first published in 1970, Sexual Politics not only explored history but also became part of it. Kate Millett’s groundbreaking book fuelled feminism’s second wave, giving voice to the anger of 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 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.

Table of Contents

Part One: Sexual Politics
Chapter 1: Instances of Sexual Politics
Chapter 2: Theory of Sexual Politics

Part Two: Historical Background
Chapter 3: The Sexual Revolution, First Phase: 1830-1930
… Political
… Polemical
… Literary
Chapter 4: The Counterrevolution: 1930-60
… A. Reactionary Policy
…… The Models of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union
… B. The Reaction in Ideology
…… Freud and the Influence of Psychoanalytic Thought
…… Some Post-Freudians
…… The Influence of Functionalism

Part Three: The Literary Reflection
Chapter 5: D.H. Lawrence
Chapter 6: Henry Miller
Chapter 7: Norman Mailer
Chapter 8: Jean Genet