Posted by: Rainbow411 / GSHRadio on 09/07/2017

Feminist Icon and Author Kate Millett Dies

Feminist Icon and Author Kate Millett Dies


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Kate Millett, the prominent feminist writer who's 1970 doctoral thesis, Sexual Politics, launched her from a Columbia student to a second-wave revolutionary, died on Wednesday at the age of 82.

Millett's book was considered a more queer-friendly alternative to Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, which maliciously labeled lesbians as the "lavender menace." In a movement spearheaded by Millet, queer feminists reclaimed the term "lavender menace," and Millett eventually came out as a lesbian herself. Her book questioned the origins of patriarchy, claiming they were political and cultural, and asserted that sexual revolution relied on breaking down the traditional heteronormative family.

Millett was born in Minnesota in 1934. Her father, an alcoholic, abandoned her family when she was 14, leaving her mother and two sisters in poverty. A wealthy aunt paid for her education, leading her to study comparative literature at Columbia University and to teach at Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, and the University of California, Berkeley.

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