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Robin Morgan (born January 3, 1941) is an American radical feminist activist, writer, and editor of Sisterhood is Powerful and Ms. Magazine. During the 1960s, she participated in the civil rights and antiwar movements; in the late 1960s she came out as a lesbian and became a founding member of radical feminist organizations such as New York Radical Women and W.I.T.C.H..
In the late 1960s, Morgan was a member of the Youth International Party with Abbie Hoffman and Paul Krassner. However, tensions over sexism within YIP (and the New Left broadly) came to a head while Morgan was becoming more involved in Women's Liberation activism. In 1968, she joined demonstrations to free Valerie Solanis , and became a founding member of both New York Radical Women --helping to organize their September 1968 protest of the Miss America pageant--and W.I.T.C.H.--helping to organize their December 1968 "hex" of both the House Unamerican Activities Committee and the Chicago Eight, for portraying the "leaders" of the antiwar movement as exclusively men.
Like many radical feminists, Morgan eventually made a decisive break from what they described as the "male Left," and put the reasons for her break into the classic feminist essay, "Goodbye to All That" in 1970. In the same year, she edited one of the first anthologies of radical feminist writings, Sisterhood is Powerful.
Since the 1970s, Morgan has continued writing, editing, publishing, and feminist organizing. In addition to her poetry and frequent articles on feminist topics, she has edited two anthologies following up on Sisterhood is Powerful: Sisterhood is Global (1984) and Sisterhood is Forever (2003). She has served as a contributing editor to Ms. Magazine for many years, and served as editor-in-chief from 1989-1993.
Robin Morgan currently lives in New York.
- The Demon Lover: The Roots of Terrorism, Washington Square Press; (December 2001) ISBN 0743452933
- The Anatomy of Freedom
- The Mer-Child: A New Legend for Children and Other Adults
- A Hot January: Poems 1996-1999
- Saturday's Child: A Memoir
- Front Line Feminism, 1975-1995: Essays from Sojourner's First 20 Years
- Sisterhood Is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings from the Women's Liberation Movement
- Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women's Movement Anthology
- Sisterhood is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium, Washington Square Press; (March 5, 2003), ISBN 0743466276
- Let's run it down. White males are most responsible for the destruction of human life and environment on the planet today. Yet who is controlling the supposed revolution to change all that? White males (yes, yes, even with their pasty fingers back in black and brown pies again). It just could make one a bit uneasy. It seems obvious that a legitimate revolution must be led by, made by those who have been most oppressed: black, brown, and white women--with men relating to that as best they can. A genuine Left doesn't consider anyone's suffering irrelevant, or titillating; nor does it function as a microcosm of capitalist economy, with men competing for power and status at the top, and women doing all the work at the bottom (and functioning as objectified prizes or "coin" as well). Goodbye to all that.
- (Robin Morgan, Goodbye to All That, 1970.)
- And let's put one lie to rest for all time: the lie that men are oppressed, too, by sexism--the lie that there can be such a thing as 'men's liberation groups.' Oppression is something that one group of people commits against another group specifically because of a 'threatening' characteristic shared by the latter group--skin color or sex or age, etc. The oppressors are indeed FUCKED UP by being masters (racism hurts whites, sexual stereotypes are harmful to men) but those masters are not OPPRESSED. Any master has the alternative of divesting himself of sexism or racism—the oppressed have no alternative—for they have no power—but to fight. In the long run, Women's Liberation will of course free men—but in the short run it's going to COST men a lot of privilege, which no one gives up willingly or easily. Sexism is NOT the fault of women—kill your fathers, not your mothers.
- (Robin Morgan, Theory and Practice: Pornography and Rape in Going Too Far: The Personal Documents of a Feminist, 1974.)
- Terrorism, Sexuality and Robin Morgan from EquityFeminism.com
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