In 1979, feminist author Kate Millett
went to Iran in the midst of its tumultuous Islamic revolution.
My students, for example, rebel against reading Kate Millett
or Anne Koedt or the Redstockings Manifesto, considering these outgrown and better forgotten.
In discussing Lady Chatterley's Lover, Ingersoll emphasizes Lacan's distinction between the veiled phallus, signifier of desire in the Symbolic register, and the biological male organ, suggesting to Kate Millett
and others that the latter does not here represent male power.
Mothers are the country we all come from, and nobody since Simone de Beauvoir has mapped the hazards of travelling in that perilous terrain better than Kate Millett
Hispanist feminism will never (nor would it want) to return to the days before Kate Millett
set us to thinking about misogynist representations of women in literature, before Luce Irigaray and Helene Cixous theorized an ecriture femenine, Carol Gilligan postulated a female morality, Nancy Chodorow sensitized us to specifically female psychological patterns, Gilbert and Gubar inspired us to unearth long-forgotten women writers, and Judith Butler argued for a social construction of gender.
Mother Millett is an unusual entry in this category because Kate Millett
, the dutiful daughter in question, is also a ferocious longtime critic of institutionalization from a human-rights perspective.
She accomplished that mission for sure, and has, for better or for worse, continued to write in the same pressing style for the past thirty years; from The Prostitution Papers (1971) to Flying (1974), from Sita (1977) to The Loony-Bin Trip (1990), Kate Millett
has consistently captured the world the way she has experienced and lived it.
More than thirty years after Kate Millett
raised the issue of sexual politics, this still remains one of the thorniest issues, and one that can continue to unite younger and older feminists, in discussion at least.
Outlawing "cruel and unusual" punishment was less a humanitarian gesture than another curb of the acknowledged appetite of the powerful for absolute power, writes Kate Millett
in her 1995 book The Politics of Cruelty.
The middle chapters of Alexander's biography recount epic disagreements that raged between Howe and figures including Arendt, Ralph Ellison, Kate Millett
, and Philip Roth, covering topics from the dangers of New Left "confrontation politics" in the 1960s to the bankruptcy of literary theory in the 1980s.
A case in point is her treatment of Ruskin whom she reads in similar terms to Kate Millett
in 1970 as delivering the 'classic statement of the conservative Victorian sexual economy' (283) in Sesame and Lilies.
The late 1960s, saw the emergence of a new feminist movement, led by the writings of Betty Friedan, Kate Millett
, Germaine Greer, Gloria Steinem, and Shulamith Firestone.