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The Dialectic of Sex


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Shulamith Firestone was a founder of the women's liberation movement and editor of Notes, a journal of radical feminism. She died in 2012.


"Betty Friedan proposed letting someone else make the bread; Firestone imagines a new society[...] With a name like Shulamith Firestone, how could you not change the world?" Joanna Biggs, Guardian "Written at fever pitch over the space of several months, The Dialectic of Sex is a visionary document that theorizes 'sex' as a category of gender apartheid: that is, the systematic segregation and enforced social, political and economic discrimination against women in society." Jenni Sorkin, Frieze "No one can understand how feminism has evolved without reading this radical, inflammatory second-wave landmark." Naomi Wolf "A must-have for those interested in feminist theory, both past and present. Its reappearance now, during yet another period of 'ridicule' towards women's rights, is perhaps even more pertinent than its first publication." - Kathleen Hanna, founding member of the riot grrrl movement "Without so much as a single fanny joke or wacky dating anecdote, The Dialectic of Sex gripped and electrifed thousands of people, giving the so-called Second Wave of feminism much of its initial impetus and energy." - New Statesman "Firestone's vision of a future without natural inequality or the nuclear family is breathtaking in its scope as well as in its conviction that technology holds the key to the emancipation of women and children." - Nina Power "A landmark manifesto." Susan Faludi, New Yorker

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