Shulamith Firestone, the author of The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution, has died at the age of 67, apparently of natural causes, The New York Times' Margolit Fox. She had been found dead on Tuesday in her East Village apartment in New York. Lincoln Anderson writes in The Villager that her landlord Bob Perl has said the cause of death remains "unclear at this point."
The Dialectic of Sex was published when she was just 25, in 1970. Margalit Fox writes in Firestone's Times obituary, "Ms. Firestone extended Marxist theories of class oppression to offer a radical analysis of the oppression of women, arguing that sexual inequity springs from the onus of childbearing, which devolves on women by pure biological happenstance." Of the book, Naomi Wolf wrote, "No one can understand how feminism has evolved without reading this radical, inflammatory second-wave landmark.”