This essay examines major texts of 1970s women's and feminist fiction in terms of themes of sex oppression and systems of property which served as the nodal point for post-1945 sexual liberation theory and fiction. Where Beatnik writers like Jack Kerouac and Diane di Prima had insisted that free love could only flourish in a milieu of freedom from property and possessiveness, a new generation of 1970s writers came to abandon the notion that freedom would involve a choice between one system of property and another, and instead began to idealize spaces of removal from those systems. Charting this movement, this essay examines the property/sex oppression nexus across a range of texts—women's fiction and poetry; feminist theory; and consciousness-raising manifestos—written from 1970 to 1975.


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