CFP: Shulamith Firestone


2010 will mark the fortieth anniversary of the most radical manifesto of contemporary feminism. Firestone’s ‘The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution’ became a bestseller, yet unlike the other celebrated feminist polemics of that year (Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch and Kate Millett’s Sexual Politics), Firestone’s work is scarcely remembered today.  Firestone called not only for the abolition of the nuclear family and the economic and social independence of children, but for the end of pregnancy itself.  The cybernetic revolution was hailed as the technological solution to the curse of Eve and the subordination of mothers just as automation was claimed to offer an end to brutal physical labour. Today, as researchers attempt to devise a prosthetic womb, Firestone’s call seems prescient. More importantly, her philosophical challenge to the cultural significance of genital difference returns us to the unresolved question of genderdichotomy, whether this is understood as discursive, social, psychologicalor physical, and its relation to the continuing subordination of women and homosexuals.We are requesting papers of  7,000 to 9,000 words addressing The Dialectic of Sex  its argument, its reception, its salience today.  Please send 300 word synopses, together with a brief biography, to Mandy Merck and Stella Sandford at m.merck AT by April 1, 2008. 

5 thoughts on “CFP: Shulamith Firestone

  1. Wow I am so excited about this honour to Firestone. It seemed so proposterous that nothing much was being done to commemorate her work. Bravo to this proposed collection!!


  2. men suck :)
    if academic results show we achieve higher results in comparison with men then why dont we rule the world :)

  3. Firestone’s Dialectic of Sex changed my life. She should be taken from her dusty, dark shelf and placed front and center where she belongs. But my great question is–where is she? I’ve been researching far and wide as to her whereabouts–and have come up with nothing, nada! Everything about her stops after her publication of her book. She would only be 63 right now…SHULA WHERE ARE YOU?

  4. Why must we seperate our interests and love for fellow humanity based on sex? If there is inequality now, it is not our fault. I did not choose to be born a man, and you did not choose to be born a women. If I, as a man, can embrace both our sexes, why should women not be able to?

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