Kate Millett

(b. 1934) American feminist

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feminist activist, whose doctoral dissertation for Columbia University (1970) was published as Sexual Politics (1970), a study of the history and nature of the exploitation of women and the relationships between men and women. She followed this seminal book with two autobiographical works, Flying (1974), telling of her marriage to a Japanese sculptor and her love affairs with women, and Sita (1977), describing a mental breakdown and a lesbian romance. The Basement (1979) is an inquiry into an actual case of sadism: the torture and murder of a teenage girl by a woman who served her as a kind of foster mother. Going to Iran (1982) deals with Middle East feminine issues.

Subjects: Literature.

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