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The Second Sex

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...

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As the other responses indicate, Beauvoir’s quote argues that gender is a social construct rather than an inborn identity. Through patriarchal structures and proscribed gender roles, female human...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2019, 1:52 am (UTC)

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Not equal, as their sex not equal seemed;For contemplation he and valor formed,For softness she and sweet attractive Grace,He for God only, she for God in him: Milton's description of Adam and...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2019, 7:13 am (UTC)

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It is this myth of "otherness" that the other Educator mentions that is the myth upon which all others are founded. What this means is that women are only defined in relation to, and more...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2017, 12:58 pm (UTC)

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In The Second Sex, Beauvoir notes that, historically, men and women have been assigned essential roles. Men have been considered more free and the dominant sex while women have been given the role...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2013, 2:10 am (UTC)

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Simone de Beauvoir speaks frankly in The Second Sex of women as the victims of patriarchal society. She describes how girls from earliest youth are taught to worship males and to see themselves as...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2021, 2:52 pm (UTC)

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Beauvoir uses the Hegelian concept of master-slave dialectic to reduce femininity to an Other that is mastered, much as any slave in human culture must be dehumanized to justify enslavement....

Latest answer posted July 19, 2018, 8:47 pm (UTC)

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In her book, Beauvoir examines why women are treated as inferior and subordinate to men. In studying this issue through the lenses of history, biology and psychology, she finds much evidence that...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2017, 11:47 am (UTC)

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The 1949 book The Second Sex is considered one of the landmark books in feminist literature, and Simone de Beauvoir's magnum opus. While de Beauvoir's central thesis is that women have always and...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2012, 3:12 am (UTC)

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As Simone de Beauvoir points out in her introduction to The Second Sex, a prayer often voiced by orthodox Jewish males begins "Blessed be God . . . that He did not make me a woman." St. Thomas...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2012, 4:53 am (UTC)

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You have asked for some examples of mothers who failed to put their children first and why. Beauvoir argues that to be a good mother and to genuinely put the needs of her child first, a woman needs...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016, 9:59 pm (UTC)

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The title of Simone de Beauvoir's landmark feminist tract hints at the second-class status to which women have been consigned by men since time immemorial. That women are the "second sex" and not...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2021, 9:46 am (UTC)

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De Beauvior's premise is that sex, for women, is always about becoming "prey" for the man. Sex is always about the objectification of women by men; men are "active" in that they seek to penetrate...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2016, 11:10 pm (UTC)

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The Second Sex played a pioneering role in feminism by providing a synthesis and an overview of then-current ideas about male and female roles. First published in French in the 1940s, Simone de...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2020, 11:48 pm (UTC)

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In The Second Sex, feminist author Simone de Beauvoir argues that a woman's definition of herself starts with the fact that she is defined in relationship to men. Men are able, de Beauvoir argues,...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2019, 9:52 pm (UTC)

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In Book I of her book The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir investigates "Facts and Myths," concluding that history has definitely belonged to the male because man was able to dominate in...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2015, 10:57 pm (UTC)

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