'Sexual Politics' author Kate Millett dies at 82

Source:AFP Published: 2017/9/10 17:53:39

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Feminist writer Kate Millett, author of Sexual Politics, has died at the age of 82, a close friend said Friday.

Millett died of cardiac arrest in Paris, where she was on vacation with her wife, Canadian photojournalist Sophie Keir, said Phyllis Chesler, a writer and friend of the couple.

"She was a European-style intellectual: cosmopolitan, literate, well traveled, multi-talented, ceremonial," she said.

Millett found fame in 1970 with Sexual Politics, which started life as a doctoral thesis before becoming a point of reference for feminist theorists.

In the book, she described a patriarchal society, took on the misogyny of novelists D.H. Lawrence and Henry Miller and attacked the theories of Sigmund Freud.

Born into an Irish Catholic family in Minnesota on September 14, 1934, Millett studied at the University of Minnesota and at Oxford, focusing on the Victorian period and English literature.

Upon her return to the US, she taught English and began creating sculptures, before moving to Japan in 1961. While in Japan, she married sculptor Fumio Yoshimura.

After coming out as a lesbian, she published a memoir, Flying, in 1974 and another Sita, in 1977.

Actress Lena Dunham was among those posting tributes to Millett on Twitter.

"She pioneered feminist thought, de-stigmatized mental illness, wore massive fashion glasses," the creator of Girls wrote.




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