The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution

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Verso Books, Apr 1, 2015 - Social Science - 240 pages
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“A landmark manifesto” — Susan Faludi, New Yorker.

An international bestseller, originally published in 1970, when Shulamith Firestone was just twenty-five years old, The Dialectic of Sex was the first book of the women’s liberation movement to put forth a feminist theory of politics. Beginning with a look at the radical and grassroots history of the first wave (with its foundation in the abolition movement of the time), Firestone documents its major victory, the expansion of the franchise in 1920, and the fifty years of ridicule that followed. She goes on to deftly synthesize the work of Freud, Marx, de Beauvoir, and Engels to create a cogent argument for feminist revolution. Ultimately she presents feminism as the key radical ideology, the missing link between Marx and Freud, uniting their visions of the political and the personal. The Dialectic of Sex remains remarkably relevant today—a testament to Firestone’s startlingly prescient vision. The author died in 2012, but her ideas live on through this extraordinary book.

 

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

I have to admit, many different parts of Firestone's book gave me pause. For example, the concept that war (specifically World War II) was a welcomed opportunity for women to be treated as equals was ... Read full review

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User Review  - AriadneAranea - LibraryThing

With her uncompromisingly anti-family stance, Firestone is in many ways the antifeminists’ feminist: she attacks every holy cow including the Great Holy Cow, the family that so many social ... Read full review

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Contents

The Dialectic of
On American Feminism
The Misguided Feminism
Down with Childhood
The Sexism of the Family of
Love
The Culture of Romance
Male Culture
Dialectics of Cultural History
Demands and Speculations
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