Ti-Grace Atkinson

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Ti-Grace Atkinson
Born (1938-11-09) November 9, 1938 (age 75)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Occupation Author, Theorist
Nationality United States
Period 1968-1974
Subjects Feminism, LGBT movement,
Literary movement Feminist, Radical Feminist

Ti-Grace Atkinson (born November 9, 1938 as Grace Atkinson) is an American feminist author.[1]

Atkinson was born into a prominent Louisiana family. The "Ti" in her name reflects the Cajun or French language petite, for little.[2][3]

Atkinson earned her BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1964.[4] While still in Philadelphia, she helped found the Institute of Contemporary Art, acting as its first director, and was sculpture critic for the periodical ARTnews. She later moved to New York where, in 1967, she entered the Ph.D program in Philosophy at Columbia University.

As an undergraduate, Atkinson read Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex, and struck up a correspondence with Beauvoir, who suggested that she contact Betty Friedan.[5] Atkinson thus became an early member of the National Organization for Women, which Friedan had founded, serving on the national board, and becoming the New York chapter president in 1967.[6] In 1968 she left the organization[7] to found the October 17th Movement, which later morphed into The Feminists, a radical feminist group active until 1973. By 1971 she had written several pamphlets on feminism, was a member of the Daughters of Bilitis and was advocating specifically political lesbianism.[8] Her most famous book, Amazon Odyssey, was published in 1974.[9]

After she left The Feminists she said, “Sisterhood is powerful. It kills. Mostly sisters," which was often quoted by feminists, although often without the word "mostly."[10]

Bibliography[edit]

  • "The Institution of Sexual Intercourse" (pamphlet, 1968, published by The Feminists)
  • "Vaginal orgasm as a mass hysterical survival response" (pamphlet, 1968, published by The Feminists)
  • "Radical Feminism" (pamphlet, 1969, published by The Feminists)
  • "Radical Feminism and Love" (pamphlet, 1969, published by The Feminists)
  • Amazon Odyssey (1974)
  • "Why I'm against S/M liberation". Against Sadomasochism: A Radical Feminist Analysis. pp. 90–92. ISBN 0-960-36283-5. OCLC 7877113. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sue Wilkinson, Celia Kitzinger (1993). Heterosexuality: a feminism and psychology reader. Sage Publications. ISBN 0-8039-8823-0. 
  2. ^ "An 'Oppressed Majority' Demands Its Rights", by Sara Davidson, Life Magazine, 1969. Retrieved February 16, 2008.
  3. ^ David De Leon (1994). Leaders from the 1960s: A Biographical Sourcebook of American Activism. Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-27414-2. 
  4. ^ "Ti-Grace Atkinson", Tufts University Philosophy Faculty page. Retrieved April 23, 2007.
  5. ^ O'Dea, Suzanne. From Suffrage to the Senate: an encyclopedia of American women in politics. ABC-CLIO, Inc. 1999.
  6. ^ Movement Chronology, Civil War-Present
  7. ^ National Organization for Women (NOW) at glbtq.com.
  8. ^ Kate Bedford and Ara Wilson Lesbian Feminist Chronology: 1971-1976
  9. ^ Linda J. LeMoncheck (1997). Loose Women, Lecherous Men: a feminist philosophy of sex. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-510555-9. 
  10. ^ Faludi, Susan (April 15, 2013). "Death of a Revolutionary". The New Yorker. 

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