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Read and Discuss January 18 texts: gender, sexuality and revolution (Mitchell and D'Emilio)

January 18, 2009 readings

1960s paths not taken (2): gender, sexuality and revolution

“The situation of women is different from that of any other social group. This is because they are not one of a number of isolable units, but half a totality: the human species. . . . They are fundamental to the human condition, yet in their economic, social and political roles, they are marginal. It is precisely this combination — fundamental and marginal at one and the same time — that has been fatal to them.” (Juliet Mitchell, 1966)

Participants of SAIC, MIT, NYU, and University of Chicago reading group should post summaries/reflections of their discussions on the following readings:

· Juliet Mitchell, “Women: the Longest Revolution” (1966)
[revised version from Women's Estate (1971)]

Quintin Hoare, “On Mitchell’s ‘Women: the longest revolution’ “ (1967)

Mitchell, reply to Quintin Hoare (1967)

Clara Zetkin and V. I. Lenin, “My Recollections of Lenin: an interview on the woman question” (interview 1920)

Lynne Segal, “Psychoanalysis and Politics: Juliet Mitchell then and now” (2000)

· John D’Emilio, “Capitalism and Gay Identity” (1973)

Theodor W. Adorno, "Sexual Taboos and the Law Today" (1963)