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Kate Millett

Geburtstag: 14. September 1934

Kate Millett, voller Name Katherine Murray Millett, ist eine amerikanische Literaturwissenschaftlerin, Schriftstellerin, Bildhauerin und Feministin. Ihr wissenschaftliches Werk Sexual Politics ist einer der Klassiker des Feminismus.

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„Vielleicht werden Frauen in der Revolution unserer Gesellschaft eine so tragende Rolle spielen, wie die Geschichte zuvor kein Beispiel kennt.“ Sexus und Herrschaft. München, 1982. ISBN 342300973X. ISBN 978-3423009737. Übersetzer: Ernestine Schlant

„To love is simply to allow another to be, live, grow, expand, become. An appreciation that demands and expects nothing in return.“ Sita


„I don't believe in monogamy, possessing people, the rightness or inevitability of jealousy.“ Sita

„Patriarchy, reformed or unreformed, is patriarchy still: its worst abuses purged or foresworn, it might actually be more stable and secure than before.“ Sexual Politics

„And what is boredom? Perhaps the inability to find meaning, to complete a perception, to arrive at an understanding: partly grasped, but forever just out of reach. It is not lack of interest, but interest frustrated, cut off, imperfectly held. So says the Chronicle today. But for me it is the fear of emptiness.“ Sita

„But madness? That small remnant of altered consciousness, pure or in response to circumstances. Circumstances of life, even those of the body itself and its chemistry. How cruel and stupid to punish this as we do with ostracism and fear, to have forged a network of fear, strong as the locks and bars of a back ward. This is the jail we could all end up in. And we know it. And watch our step. For a lifetime. We behave. A fantastic and entire system of social control, by the threat of example as effective over the general population as detention centers in dictatorships, the image of the madhouse floats through every mind for the course of its lifetime.“

„Let's always be having an affair. Wherever we meet, however many times a year - let it always be an affair.“ Sita

„Hell, I don't want to grow old at all. I never want to die.“ Sita


„Writing is so much more problematic than drawing, full of moral pitfalls, ambiguity, public responsibility. If you record a day of your life, does the decision to do so change the shape of the day? One of Doris Lessing's days in The Golden Notebook is fifty-four pages long. It's complete; the rest are summaries - the "impression" of a day foisted artfully upon the reader by providing a few details. Fiction is made this way - as lineal perspective gives the illusion of three dimensions in drawing. But does the selection of a day - that you begin by knowing you must remember and observe - really affect it? Do you change the balance, distort the truth? The period itself, its choice and selection, does that not in itself constitute a kind of misconstruction, and the rest follow subconsciously?“ Sita

„It is interesting that many women do not recognize themselves as discriminated against; no better proof could be found of the totality of their conditioning.“ Sexual Politics

„It is necessary to realize that the most sacrosanct article of sexual politics in the period, the Victorian doctrine of chivalrous protection and its familiar protestations of respect, rests upon the tacit assumption, a cleverly expeditious bit of humbug, that all women were "ladies"—namely members of that fraction of the upper classes and bourgeoisie which treated women to expressions of elaborate concern, while permitting them no legal or personal freedom. The psycho-political tacit here is a pretense that the indolence and luxury of the upper-class woman’s role in what Veblen called “vicarious consumption” was the happy lot of all women. The efficacy of this maneuver depends on dividing women by class and persuading the privileged that they live in an indulgence they scarcely deserve... To succeed, both the sexual revolution and the Woman's Movement which led it would have to unmask chivalry and expose its courtesies as subtle manipulation.“ Sexual Politics

„Whatever the “real” differences between the sexes may be, we are not likely to know them until the sexes are treated differently, that is alike.“ Sexual Politics


„Listening to the sound of the water, her sound, her lovely body glistening through the room a moment from now. There are only moments. Live in this one. The happiness of these days.“ Sita

„There are only moments. Live in this one. The happiness of these days.“ Sita

„In sex one wants or does not want. And the grief, the sorrow of life is that one cannot make or coerce or persuade the wanting, cannot command it, cannot request it by mail order or finagle it through bureaucratic channels.“ Sita

„Come here." I stop like a thief in a pantomime. And then dive into the warmth next to her. "Snuggling" - surely the most pleasant thing in the world. Scrunching further and further into the mattress as we struggle closer and closer warmer and warmer nearer and nearer, our bodies like a letter fitting into an envelope, my legs over her legs, our hips sliding against each other, her arm tighter and tighter around my shoulders, my face nestled more and more firmly into her collarbone. It is bliss. The simplest and most primitive bliss. A childlike, sexual, friendly, animal bliss.“ Sita

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