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Shulamith Firestone (1945-2012)

Leading feminist thinker and activist has died at 67

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Shulamith Firestone, a leading thinker of second-wave feminism and co-founder of the New York Radical Women group, was declared dead August 28 at age 67, the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed. (Word had trickled into the comments section of her JWA biography.)

Firestone, a radical feminist and activist, was the author of the groundbreaking 1970 book, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution. She left politics in the early 1970s and later fell into obscurity.

UPDATE: The Villager has more information, some of it disturbing, about Firestone’s death. They report she was likely dead for about a week before her body was discovered in her apartment Tuesday by her landlord.

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R.I.P. Woman Warrior….

Lindsay Dearinger says:

As an undergraduate taking Women’s Studies classes, I was told by the head of the Women’s Studies department that Firestone’s Jewishness was not relevant to nor did it inform her feminist writings in any way, and that Jewish feminists aren’t minority voices within feminism because Jews are “white.”

i remember reading Shulamith. At the time the thinking was innovative. It is sad to think that books survive the person so much that we can carry on with their ideas when they have vanished into obscurity and can be dead for a week before anybody pays attention.


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Shulamith Firestone (1945-2012)

Leading feminist thinker and activist has died at 67

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