FIREBRAND

05.02.13

A Radical Feminist's Tragic End

The life and death of revolutionary thinker.

Known as "the firebrand" and "the fireball," Shulamith Firestone crafted a foundation for radical feminism in the formative late '60s and early '70s. The artist and writer is remembered for her manifesto, “The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution,” in which she urged women to question "the organization of culture itself," and eliminate of sex distinction. The New Yorker delves into the life of the dynamic leader, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in the late '80s, and struggled with her legacy. By the time she was found dead in her apartment this past August, Firestone had retreated into the shadows of her illness.