The great and wonderful feminist writer/activist, Shulamith Firestone, was found dead in her Manhattan apartment this past Tuesday, August 28th. She was 67-years-old.
Firestone was a brilliant scholar and painter, and she wrote her bestseller, The Dialectic of Sex, at the age of 25. This book is a staple in feminist theory. It's one of my favorite books of all time.
After The Dialectic of Sex was published in 1970, Firestone began a reclusive life style. She moved to Manhattan, and worked as a painter. Firestone was not to be published again until 1998, when Airless Spaces--about her time in and out of psychiatric hospitals--came out. This book sounds fascinating, and it's on my current reading list.
During the 1980s, Firestone's mental illness--paranoid schizophrenia--seemed to take over.
I hope she is able to be at peace now. I hope this brings her story and work out of the dark, so new generations can understand her importance to the cause of feminism.
Feminism, when it truly achieves it's goals, will crack through the most basic structures of our society.