Kate Millet's ground-breaking book, "Sexual Politics", helped shape the dialogue of the women's movement during the 1970s. While she has faded from the front lines, her legacy continues to resonate today. Sexual Politics originated as her Ph.D. dissertation, which was awarded... [more]
Kate Millet's ground-breaking book, "Sexual Politics", helped shape the dialogue of the women's movement during the 1970s. While she has faded from the front lines, her legacy continues to resonate today.
Sexual Politics originated as her Ph.D. dissertation, which was awarded by Columbia University in 1970. Here Millett offers a comprehensive critique of patriarchy in Western society and literature. In particular, Millett attacked what she sees as the sexism and heterosexism of the modern novelists D. H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, and Norman Mailer, contrasting their perspectives with the dissenting viewpoint of the homosexual author Jean Genet.
In 1971, Millett started buying and restoring fields and buildings near Poughkeepsie, New York. The project eventually became the Women's Art Colony Farm, a community of female artists and writers.
Millett's 1971 film Three Lives, is a 16mm documentary made by an all-woman crew (including co-director Susan Kleckner, cameraperson Lenore Bode, and editor Robin Mide) under the name Women's Liberation Cinema. The 70-minute film focuses on reminiscences of three women recounting the stories of their lives. The subjects are Mallory Millett-Jones (the director's sister), Lillian Shreve, a chemist, and Robin Mide, an artist.
Her book Flying (1974) tells of her marriage with Yoshimura and her love affairs with women. In 1979, Millett went to Iran to work for women's rights, was soon deported, and wrote about the experience in Going to Iran. Sita (1977) is a meditation on Millett's doomed love affair with a female college administrator who was ten years her senior. The Loony-Bin Trip (1990) discusses her diagnosis of bipolar disorder, describing experiences with hospitalization and her decision to discontinue lithium therapy.
In a notorious incident, she was a guest on a late-night television program in the UK (After Dark in 1991) when an inebriated Oliver Reed tried to kiss her, uttering the words "give us a kiss, big tits". Reed was made to leave the set. [show less]