The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution (Paperback)
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The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution (Paperback)

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Published: 01/04/2015
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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.

Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781784780524
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Without so much as a single fanny joke or wacky dating anecdote, the Dialectic gripped and electrified thousands of people, giving the so called Second Wave of feminism much of its initial impetus and energy. * New Statesman *
The combination of theoretical ambition and wit in The Dialectic of Sex is as refreshing as ever. * Radical Philosophy *
No one can understand how feminism has evolved without reading this radical, inflammatory second-wave landmark. -- Naomi Wolf
The Dialectic of Sex is a must-have for those interested in feminist theory, both past and present. It's 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 Grrrls movement
A sharp and brilliant mind is at work here ... Firestone has seized a crucial point: the biological 'inequality' of men and women may be a fact, but we stopped evolving biologically thousands of years ago. The hunting-party mentality today is not just an atavism: it's a threat to the survival of the species. -- John Leonard * New York Times *
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 *
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 *

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