PRINT February 2018

SERIOUS SEX BATTLE

Sarah Nicole Prickett

This week, the editors revisit writer Sarah Nicole Prickett’s “Serious Sex Battle,” published in February 2018.

“A preference for death over captivity spurs radical movement,” Prickett declares in her virtuosic, gimlet-eyed essay on a woman of inordinate strength. “Serious Sex Battle” is a feminist genealogy, but it’s also a strong theory for how to outmaneuver reactionaries. Legerity is essential; so is an alert refusal of your enemy’s terms. As Prickett argues, “The heroine we need is against the hero. The antagonist. She remains outside.” —David Velasco

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A WOMAN OF INORDINATE STRENGTH

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