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Sexual Politics laid the foundation for subsequent feminist scholarship by showing Millett demonstrates in detail how patriarchy's attitudes and systems. Millett_Kate_Sexual_Politics_pdf (file size: MB, MIME type: application/pdf). Expand view. File history. Click on a date/time to view. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Millett, Kate. Sexual politics / Kate Millett. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Originally.

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A final resource when all else has failed the male resorts to attack. But the fear of force is there before every woman always as a deterrent — dismissal, divorce, violence — personal sexual or economic. And men have always been able to believe in the innate evil of women.

Studies of primitive societies just as studies of our own religious texts — illustrate over and over — the innumerable instances of taboos practiced against women. Everything that pertains to her physical make-up or function -is despicable or subversive.

Let side the village and inhabit a hut alone and without food during her period - let her be forbidden the temple — even those outer precincts assigned to her for a-specified number of-days after, as the Gospels-coolly inform us she has given birth to the very savior of the world for she is still, dirty.

Dirty and mysterious. In history; vast numbers of peoples have worshipped the phallus openly. It may also be true that ever larger numbers of peoples once worshipped the womb or the fertility powers of the earth.

It may also be true that one of the-many causes for the commencement of that now-universal oppression and contempt for women lay in the male's very fear of the female powers of giving life and perhaps inspired that enormous change in world affairs we call the patriarchal take-over.

Living so close to the earth, without having yet developed toys of his own in warfare and the rise of princely city-states full of toiling slaves building him empty monuments, and unaware of his own vital role in conception the male may well have past glances of envy on the woman and what was — in those conditions — her miraculous capacity to bring another human life out of her very belly — and seen in it a connection with the phases of the moon, and the seasons of the earth's vegetation — and stood both in awe and terror — and finally in hatred — and decided to cast this function down from what he rather naturally I assumed was its collusion with the supernatural, the terrible, the uncontrollable forces of nature — and denigrate it to the level of the the bestial, the pernicious and the obscene.

And thus the filthy totem was,appropriated by the male and taboo assigned in a thousand ways to operate against the female. Having vitiated all effects of the female power the male set about aggrandizing his own.

Sexual Politics

Having finally appropriated all access to the supernatural for himself he established an alliance with the new male god both his brother his father, depending on auspicious or inauspicious circumstance , he then proceeded to announce his kinship with the divine through a long and impressive list of patriarchs and prophets, high priests and emperors. Now that he had gone into partnership with God, the male set himself up as God to the female. In some cultures females were allowed to participate on an inferior level as figures of identification for human females — useful in encouraging them to an enforced cooperation in their own control.

So they can see themselves as honored through the rapes of Jove on Europa and Leda, favored in divine seduction scenarios as an endless series of wood nymphs, possibly debased versions of other tribal goddesses at loose ends now their matriarchal reign had ended — or incarnate in that first troublesome woman, Juno — the insubordinate wife. But in sterner patriarchal societies such as the Judaic and Christian, there was never any kidding around about goddesses.

Christianity did not elevate the Virgin to goddess status until the 12th Century and the Protestants dethroned her a mere 4 hundred years later. The device of making her both virgin and mother not only excites admiration for its ingenuity but astonishment as its perfection of effect — here is divine or nearly divine woman completely relieved of that insidious sexuality by which woman herself has always been defined.

Sexual Politics by Kate Millett

Mere mortal women in the Christian ages were continuously assured of their inherent evil and inferiority by a whole procession of fanatic mile supremacists — from Paul who found even the exhibition of their hair in church a powerful provocation and an indelicate enticement to hellish practices more apparent in his mind than in others — such it is to represent the sexuality of the whole race in only one half of it — to Jerome, Augustine, Aquinas and a whole parade of ascetics, hermits, and other non-participating types who have projected their own teeming sexuality onto the female.

Judaism is even more punctilious than Christianity in the matter of male supremacy. First thing in the morning every male Jew is enjoined to thank God for creating him a male and therefore a superior order of being.

I have never been informed as to what Jewish women are instructed to say on such occasions of coming to consciousness — perhaps it is some little bit of advice to themselves not to fall into the much-satirized posture of the overbearing Jewish mother.

Of course it is not surprising that religion as we know it takes the enforcement of male supremacy by divine fiat as part of its function in a patriarchy — so too does literature, all traditional and contemporary notions of government, those platitudes which currently pass for social science — and even — despite the influence of the Enlightenment — science itself cooperates in a number of transparently expedient rationalizations in maintaining the traditional sexual politics on grounds so specious as to have a certain comic charm.

A further way in which contemporary masculine culture refuses to face the issue of sexual politics is through the reduction of the two sexual collectivities of male and female into an endless variety of purely individual situations, whereby all cases are unique — each a delicate matter of adjustment of one diverse character to another — all of them merely the very private matter of one-to-one relationships.

It is interesting to note how this bitch leads one to fancy - without ever coming right out and saying it — that all women are bitches. It is puzzling too how, as woman — with woman's minority status and therefore a creature completely out of the male power structure — she is arbitrarily and unjustly blamed for nearly every fault in American life today — and turned into a veritable symbol of the Hateful Establishment.

As beauty queen, the male establishment is willing to allow woman a place as mascot or cheerleader — but it is a long way from admitting her to any personal stake in the establishment's show. As a girlfriend or a wife, she may participate vicariously for a time, — but she is easy to replace and the trade-in on old models of wife and mistress is pretty brisk.

She may sleep with so many thousands a year or such and such an office, but she is dreaming if she ever fancies such glory is her own. For the purpose of male propaganda, one of the most felicitous effects of the Individual Case myth is that it immediately translates any resistance to the present political situation in sex relations into a damning conviction of the sin of neurosis.

This is what happens, if, like the Shrinks, you take 19th Century social life as both the State of Nature and the State of a Healthy Society. Any woman who fails to conform to the sterile stereotype of wife and motherhood as all and only, or who fails to bow in elaborate deference to male authority and opinion on any and all questions — -is clearly off her nut.

Men have said it. The foregoing is both a distortion of history and a denial of reality.

Women fought hard and almost without hope, driven to massive and forceful protest which has served as a model both for the labor movement and the black movement. They struggled on against overwhelming odds of power and repression for over one hundred and fifty years to get this worthless rag known as the ballot. We got it last of all, — black and white — women are the last citizens of the United States' — and we had to work hardest of all to get it.

And now we have it we realize how badly we were cheated — we had fought so long, worked so hard, pushed back despair so many times that we were exhausted — we just said then give us that and we will do the rest ourselves. But -we didn't realize, as perhaps blacks never realized until the Civil Rights Movement, that the ballot is no real admission to civil life in America; it means nothing at all if you are not represented in a representative democracy.

And we are not represented now any more than black people Political nominees announced their intention of helping asthmatic children and the mentally retarded of every age, if elected — but not a word about women half the population- but not a word — the largest minority status group in history. In the expanded version, she would trace the way literature reflected the sexual revolution and counterrevolution. Holding the first copy in her hands, she was both elated and nervous, worried about its reception in the mainstream press as well as the response of her fellow radical feminists.

The reactions of both camps went beyond anything Millett could have anticipated. Suddenly, she was wanted on every college campus.


She was invited onto daytime talk shows. Her Minnesotan mother warned her against appearing onscreen with unwashed hair. Her book appeared in editorial cartoons. Her phone rang constantly. At the same time, Millett was in demand at feminist rallies and caucuses.

Audiences pressed her to announce her sexuality, and there was a lot riding on her answer. At the dawn of the decade, the movement was divided over the question of homosexuality. This was the fractious feminist movement that Millett was supposed to head. She first came out as bisexual disappointing her Catholic family , then later as a lesbian.

This drew her into new organizing circles, where her romantic life was closely watched. She would later be diagnosed with manic depression, a diagnosis that she has rejected.

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Mere mortal women in the Christian ages were continuously assured of their inherent evil and inferiority by a whole procession of fanatic mile supremacists — from Paul who found even the exhibition of their hair in church a powerful provocation and an indelicate enticement to hellish practices more apparent in his mind than in others — such it is to represent the sexuality of the whole race in only one half of it — to Jerome, Augustine, Aquinas and a whole parade of ascetics, hermits, and other non-participating types who have projected their own teeming sexuality onto the female.

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