Another One Bites the Dust
Shulamith Firestone was a charter member of several radfem groups in the New York City area during the late 1960s. One of these groups was known as the Redstockings, and Firestone was a co-author of the Redstockings Manifesto which that group published in 1969. Redstockings is our official "go-to" source for making clear to newbies what feminism, at its core, is all about. Meaning, that if we meet somebody in the early stages of political awakening (still rubbing their eyes, so to speak), we send him or her to that document for orientation, with instructions to come back for further discussion:
Mind you, it would be misleading to consider the Redstockings Manifesto a sack of culture spores that scattered on the wind and sprouted up across the social landscape. It was not, in my opinion, a sole point source -- any more so than the present "manosphere" is a sole point source. You should see it rather as a condensation of ideas that were already "in the air", and destined to take root anyway. So in that sense, it was a crystal ball for the cultural future that developed from 1970 onward.
But note that such phrases as "patriarchy hurts men too" and "I blame patriarchy", are strictly post-Redstockings developments. Redstockings makes harshly clear that "men are the problem", and later feminists found it politic to backpeddle from this by obfuscating it.
"Shulie" Firestone was perhaps best known for her 1970 book "The Dialectic of Sex". Read Chapter One for free, here:
For you history buffs, Carol Hanisch, who originated the saying that "the personal is political", was also a member of the Redstockings Group. Here is her original essay, with commentary:
And in the present context, I should include a link to the Agent Orange files, so as to establish a certain "karmic arc." :