Monique Wittig

French writer (1935-2003)

Monique Wittig (July 13, 1935 – January 3, 2003) was a French author and feminist theorist who wrote about overcoming socially enforced gender roles, and who coined the phrase "heterosexual contract". She published her first novel, L'Opoponax, in 1964. Her second novel, Les Guérillères (1969), was a landmark in lesbian feminism. She lived in France and the United States, and published in both French and English.

Wittig in 1985


Quotes are from The Straight Mind, 1992 ISBN 978-0-8070-7917-1 Wittig, Monique (1992). The Straight Mind and Other Essays. Beacon Press. ISBN 978-0-8070-7917-1. OCLC 748998545.  Written in English, it was translated into French as La Pensée straight in 2001. Brad Epps and Jonathan Katz, 'Monique Wittig's Materialist Utopia and Radical Critique', Monique Wittig: At the Crossroads of Criticism, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, special issue, Duke University Press, 2007, page 424
  • Lesbians are not women.
    • p. 32
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