Tagged: Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir: The Second Sex

The book was written in 1949. I am quoting the Introduction, which lays out her argument. The book became a founding text for the second wave of feminism. Woman as Other FOR a long time I have hesitated to write a book on woman. The subject is irritating, especially to women; and it is not new. Enough ink has been spilled in quarrelling over feminism, and perhaps we should say no more about it. It is still talked about, however, for the voluminous nonsense uttered during the last century seems to have done little to illuminate the problem. After all,...

Interview with Simone de Beauvoir, 1976

Simone de Beauvoir wrote a groundbreaking book on Feminism,  “The Second Sex,” in 1949.  In the following interview she discusses the text,  more than 25 years after it was written. Interview: John Gerassi, 1976; Published: Society, Jan-Feb. 1976; Gerassi. It’s now about twenty-five years since The Second Sex was published. Many people, especially in America, consider it the beginning of the contemporary feminist movement. Would you … Beauvoir. I don’t think so. The current feminist movement, which really started about five or six years ago, did not really know the book. Then, as the movement grew, some of the leaders...

Simone de Beauvoir: On the Master-Slave Relation

From Part II of The Second Sex. Simone de Beauvoir, 1949. On the Master-Slave Relation Certain passages in the argument employed by Hegel in defining the relation of master to slave apply much better to the relation of man to woman. The advantage of the master, he says, comes from his affirmation of Spirit as against Life through the fact that he risks his own life; but in fact the conquered slave has known this same risk. Whereas woman is basically an existent who gives Life and does not risk her life, between her and the male there has been...