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It also speaks graphically of her sexual encounters with both men and women, but always poetically and tastefully. I think it's one of the best books of the last half of the twentieth century. I would recommend it to anyone, but I'll never lend out my copy: That stays in my house forever for frequent future reference.
Still, braving the disapproval of her family, Millett unequivocally detailed her intense personal relationships and her struggle with a fractured women's movement. She realized, "We will never be free unless we relinquish the comfort of our disguises." I'm only learning this critical lesson now, in my mid-sixties.
Despite the fact that her chronicle was often painful and difficult for me to read, Millett demonstrated wonderful moments of brilliance and insight. She admitted, "We are always hurting somebody, stepping on something while we're not looking." Yet she advocated pacifism with an increasingly agitated left. And of her early work at St. Simon, she described, "...long files of things who used to be women now mere ghosts perched in bird rows on benches that line the halls, gray, dead, in unthinkable haircuts and shapeless dresses that are really flour sacks. Who could stay sane here?" Her deep compassion and empathy bled through the text when she went on to volunteer her time to improve brutal conditions at St. Simon's but was discouraged by family and refused by the psychiatric facility.
This narrative was a compelling account of Millett's life and a worthwhile read. I found it remarkable and even educational, considering the fact that I had my head buried in a demanding career the last quarter of the twentieth century. Considering our turbulent and precarious present, I agree with Millett's insight: "It is for our moments of silence we are most culpable."
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