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Analyze the strengths and limitations of Beauvoir's The Second Sex.

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The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir was considered a breakthrough work when it was published in 1949. Simone de Beauvoir was a French intellectual and writer who criticized the male-dominated society’s treatment of women as well as women’s view of their own role in society. She provides examples of how society—and men—have oppressed women from time immemorial.

In the book, she advocates for women being able to take command of their futures and lives and not be dependent on men to fulfill their needs, including for their emotional well-being. This is one of the book’s strengths.

Simone de Beauvoir believes that women can be so much more than wives and mothers. She also notes that differences in sexuality do not completely account for the differences between men and women. Just as men do, women must try to find meaning outside of themselves. In many ways, her writing was extremely progressive when viewed in context with women’s limited role in public and political life at the...

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