What’s Current: The formidable Kate Millett has died

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Kate Millett, renowned radical feminist and author of key second wave text, Sexual Politics, passed away today at the age of 82 in Paris. In 2003, Andrea Dworkin wrote:

“I cannot think of anyone who accomplished what Kate Millett did, with this one book. It remains the alpha and omega of the women’s movement. Everything that feminists have done is foreshadowed, predicted or encouraged by Sexual Politics.”

A trans-identified male convicted of raping two young girls was moved to a women’s jail, but was segregated last week after being reported for “making inappropriate advances to other prisoners.”

On Wednesday, a trial began to decide the fate of Kentucky’s last abortion clinic.

Edmonton killer apprehended by police in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Gregory Christopher Tessman is charged with strangling Valerie Maurice, whose body was found in his apartment.

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  • Sashimi73

    Thank you for your introduction to Kate Millet. What an extraordinary leader of the feminist movement. I’m reading Sexual Politics now and it’s truly inspiring and eye opening. It’s unconscionable that we are not taught the literature and achievements of our foremothers in school.

  • M. Zoidberg

    Because lady-man feels over reals. No exceptions. What if you were to mis-gender the poor dears? Why — they might threaten to harm themselves! Egad!

  • fxduffy

    Kate Millett. I always regretted that she either chose or was more or less forced by circumstances not to follow up with several books in the same mode as “Sexual Politics.” True, the novels, or passages in them, do contain some of the same remarkable understandings, but they don’t carry the same force or directness that made her first book a feminist classic, and unfortunately only created a kind of niche audience, which was the opposite of what “Politics” did.

    I think she could have been a parallel writer to Andrea Dworkin, with each publishing new books in opposite years as a kind one-two punch on behalf of radical feminism. But each life has a different arc, a different fate, and this is especially true of the lives of women who get to touch base with public success.