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Two Books Check in on Feminist Revolution in Wake of Shulamith Firestone's Death

Two new books suggest we might achieve some level of equality if only we could embrace Firestone's radicalism.

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Firestone’s predictions are visible today all over the place. They stood the test of time to some extent because they were striving for something outrageous and new. How to Be a Woman is one woman’s well drawn immensely entertaining story, but it asks very little of us and does not fall in amongst the ranks of the radical.

“If we are now living in the age that Firestone predicted,” Halberstam writes, “could it be that we have in fact begun the arduous process of changing our understanding of sex roles and bringing them more in line with lived reality?”

Claire Glass is the literary editor at and works for Story Studio Chicago. Follow her on Twitter @MsClerval.