Tagged: Feminism

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...

Judith Butler – Quotes

I think … that we have not yet become human. Or, I might say, in a different way, that the category of the human is in the process of becoming. What constitutes the human is a site of contestation. there are clashing cultural interpretations about what the human ought to be, and that every time you assert human rights, you are also adding to the meaning of what the human is. Butler, Judith Like such miraculously resilient characters of the Saturday morning cartoons. Hegel’s protagonists always reassemble themselves, prepare a new scene, enter the stage armed with a new set...

The Woman Identified Woman

 BY RADICALESBIANS Source: Documents from the Women’s Liberation Movement. Special Collections Library, Duke University This text was written by a group of women in 1970 and distributed at a conference in New York City. It became a founding document of lesbian feminism. “What is a lesbian? A lesbian is the rage of all women condensed to the point of explosion. She is the woman who, often beginning at an extremely early age, acts in accordance with her inner compulsion to be a more complete and freer human being than her society – perhaps then, but certainly later – cares to...

Feminism

The 20th century will be remembered also as the century of the feminist movements. And it’s just beginning. The Problem of Definition: The objective of Feminism is to end sexism, but because the oppression of women is closely related to other forms of oppression, this will require efforts to end other forms of oppression as well. “Patriarchy”, the rule of men, is a structure of oppression that exists in most cultures. Feminists want to achieve the liberation of women, which means full equality for them.  Feminism is a research project, but also a political movement, and as such it is...