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This review revisits Firestone’s key text in the history of the second wave, twenty-five years after it was first published in 1970. Firestone was one of the founders of contemporary US feminism, and though Snitow pointed to passages that Firestone would probably have written differently in 1995, she finds the book still brilliant, original, and as provocative as it was when it first burst upon the world and became an instant feminist classic. Boldly, Firestone moves between accounts of women’s everyday experiences with sexism to visionary projections of a completely different future. The reviewer thinks this radical book is often taken too literally and should be recognized as belonging, at least in part, to the genre of utopian writing.

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