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>Shulamith Firestone’s argument in The Dialectic of Sex: The Case For Feminist Revolution is that oppression of the female does come from biology, certain biological needs that women are burdened with (she lists menstruation, child birth, female ills, she calls them, menopause, etc. etc. as well as the natural difference in size and strength of the female) but says that due to technology, the human race is NO LONGER BOUND by biology, thus the environment for a feminist revolution is possible:

“But to grant that the sexual imbalance of power is biologically based is not to lose our case. We are no longer just animals. And the Kingdom of Nature does not reign absolute.”

That feminists, or anyone, do not remain bound to the “truth” of their biology is an essential argument in the new history of human and civil rights. Its a step in the dismantling of the caste system, which does not just exist in India, but all over the world (caste meaning any political, social, or economical division based on born-characteristics). She goes on to say that any argument for the biological necessity of misogyny or any oppression is void:

“Human society is an antiphysis – in a sense it is against nature; it does not passively submit to the presence of nature but rather takes over the control of nature on its own behalf.”

She advocates the “seizure of control of reproduction” as the step towards the “not just the elimination of male privilege but of the sex distinction itself”. This is a bitch I can get behind.

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March 11, 2009 at 2:13 am

>I got lots of problems (Female Trouble)

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December 9, 2008 at 4:44 pm