Simone de Beauvoir – The Second Sex

One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman. No biological, psychological or economic fate determines the future that the human female presents in society” – “The Second Sex” by Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir is the famous French writer/philosopher known for her philosophical work in existentialism (see another post here on her life-long partner Jean-Paul Sartre on existentialism – ) and feminism.

Existentialism – Human beings have no functions / nature / “predestined” blueprint. We have the absolute freedom to choose who we want to be. However, freedom is painful. to relieve from such anguish, some would rather become “object-like”.

Feminism – Oppression is when one “Subject” treats another party as “Object” / “Other”. Women have no choice but to be the “Absolute Other”.


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